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Grid penalty threat for Perez ahead of Australian GP

Sergio Perez will be taking a trip to the stewards after qualifying in Australia, having allegedly failed to slow for yellow flags.

Sergio Perez faces the threat of a grid penalty for the Australian Grand Prix over an alleged yellow flag breach in qualifying. An incident was initially noted, and is now being formally investigated, after Red Bull driver Perez approached single waved yellow flags at Turn 11 in Q2, brought out for George Russell's trip to the escape road in his Mercedes. Perez, along with a team representative, have been summoned to meet with the stewards and discuss the incident at 19:00 local time (10:00 BST).

Horner plays down concerns over a penalty

If Perez is found guilty of a transgression in this area, the usual punishment is a three-place grid penalty, which would throw him back from third to sixth, promoting McLaren's Lando Norris and both Mercedes drivers. However, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was quick to come to Perez's defence, making clear that the Mexican slowed down at the scene. "We had a good look at it and we passed the info on to Race Control," Horner explained to Sky Sports F1 after qualifying. "In the data, we can clearly see a lift, and it's cost Checo at least three- to four-tenths."

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