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Three place grid penalty for Gutierrez over Maldonado collision

The Sauber driver believes Maldonado was at fault
Sunday, July 6, 2014
 
SILVERSTONE, 6th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Esteban Gutierrez has been given a three place grid drop for the German Grand Prix as a result of his collision with Pastor Maldonado.
 
On lap 10 Gutierrez made contact with Maldonado which saw his front wing lift Maldonado’s car off the ground, resulting in all four wheels being off the track at one point.
 
While Maldonado was able to continue, though he later retired with an exhaust issue, Gutierrez’s race was over immediately.
 
The Sauber driver did not believe he was at fault and said that Maldonado didn’t leave him enough room.
 
After the restart I was fighting with Pastor (Maldonado). When I tried to overtake him in turn 16 he braked and did not leave me enough space.” he said.
 
“I was already beside him and could not avoid a collision with him. I feel very sorry for the team, as this is not the way a race should end.”
 
Teammate Adrian Sutil had an ‘unspectacular’ race and cross the line 13th. He said his first stint was strong but he struggled to get the hard tyres to work on his second stint.
 
“The race was relatively unspectacular for me. It took a few laps to overtake Jules (Bianchi), but afterwards I was able to constantly improve my lap times.” Sutil explained.
“We decided to go with a one-stop strategy. After the pit stop I could not get the hard tyres to work and was not fast enough anymore. Unfortunately I was rarely able to attack and had to defend most of the time.”

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