News Perez, Hartley disagree over formation lap mix-up

22:15  12 april  2018
22:15  12 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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Brendon Hartley and Sergio Perez have presented different viewpoints of the Bahrain Grand Prix formation lap mix-up that led to both drivers picking up post-race penalties.

Perez, who was to start the race a place behind Hartley, overtook the Kiwi at the start of the formation lap – and the Toro Rosso driver only reclaimed position when both cars had already returned to the grid.

This was in violation of the rules, and a post-race investigation yielded 30-second penalties for both drivers, as well as two penalty points on Hartley's license.

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Formula 1 stewards have penalised Sergio Perez and Brendon Hartley 30 seconds each for not following correct procedure on the Bahrain Grand Prix formation lap .

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Speaking in China, Perez was incredulous as to why he was penalised alongside the Kiwi.

"Formation lap off the line I overtook him, but then he didn't retake back his position as he didn't realise that I overtook him," Perez said.

"He thought I was always going to start in front of him, so he didn't retake back his position.

"Which I'm quite surprised about really, why I got the penalty. I've been overtaken many times, I've overtaken many times, but always the guy behind retakes his position. But Hartley didn't do it, and we both got a penalty.

"I don't know, I have to speak with Charlie [Whiting, race director] on this one. I was quite surprised with this one, you can see on my video that I'd really slowed down a couple of times to make him pass, but I thought he had a problem.

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Perez , Hartley penalised for formation lap error. The pair shared the sixth row of the grid and collided on the first lap when Hartley 's Toro Rosso spun Perez 's Force India around at Turn 4 during early battling. Hartley received a 10s penalty for causing

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"What I don't get is why I got the penalty."

Hartley admitted that Perez's overtake caught him off-guard, but insisted the Mexican did not make any special effort to let him back through.

"He overtook me with such conviction, it was a bit surprising - and then I had other things to focus on," Hartley said.

"To be honest, on a formation lap, we have quite a few jobs we have to do, in terms of temperatures, in terms of synching the gears, switches, we have a lot of processes and procedures.

"Perez wasn't acting like, trying to let me pass, and that's the truth of it, and I was honest with the stewards as well.

"I think Perez also didn't realise he was out of position - if he told you another thing or not, I don't know.

"I don't know why he passed me, he almost overtook [Carlos] Sainz or [Nico] Hulkenberg, he almost overtook them before Turn 1 as well."

The original stewards' ruling from Bahrain sided with Hartley's interpretation, saying Perez "made no noticeable effort to allow [Hartley] to regain his position".

The penalties had no impact on the Bahrain GP's points distribution, with Perez and Hartley – who also collided in the race itself – demoted from 12th and 13th to 16th and 17th respectively.

Hartley, a recent convert to grand prix racing from the World Endurance Championship, added that F1's limits on formation lap team radio communication were something he is "not used to" and contributed to the mix-up.

"I think in the past, it would be like, radio - 'okay you need to take back the position' - but we're actually completely blind on the formation lap, so that's pretty much the story."

He added: "Anyway, it's a mistake both of us probably won't make again."

Additional reporting by Adam Cooper and Oleg Karpov

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