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Stewards penalise Hamilton and Pérez for ignoring yellow flags // Lewis and Sergio face three place grid penalties

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Stewards penalise Hamilton and Pérez for ignoring yellow flags
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Both Sergio Pérez and Lewis Hamilton have been penalised after Free Practice in India today, for ignoring yellow flags during the first session. Pastor Maldonado’s Williams came to a halt out on track after an engine failure, and the yellow flags came out - just as Lewis Hamilton was setting his fastest lap. That lap was the eventual P1 time.

Pérez was also called to the stewards for the indiscretion, and both drivers will receive three place grid drops from wherever they qualify tomorrow. Talking about the penalty, Hamilton said: “I was engaged with the DRS under the yellow flags and you’re not allowed to do that... We don’t look like the quickest out there at the moment, so wherever we qualify, to then start three places further back from that will make our weekend very, very difficult.”

Jaime Alguersuari was also called to the stewards for potentially ignoring yellow flags during the second practice session, but the team supplied data to show he had slowed down, and the Toro Rosso driver escaped penalty.