Sergio Perez has kept his Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix win after the stewards issued him with a reprimand and single time penalty for Safety Car infringements. Perez's win was in doubt at Marina Bay after falling more than 10 car lengths - twice - behind the Safety Car, with Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto saying he expected a penalty for the Mexican. However, in a ruling issued at 01:42am Monday morning local time, the stewards decided to slap Perez with a five-second time penalty and one reprimand. As he finished 7.5s clear of Charles Leclerc, he keeps the win.
Stewards decision explained
Perez breached Article 55.10 of the Sporting Regulations which dictate that the leader must stay within 10 car lengths of the Safety Car until the lights go out. On Lap 36 under the Yuki Tsunoda Safety Car, Perez admitted to falling more than the 10 car lengths behind it through Turns 13 and 14. He was given an instruction by race control at Turns 9 and 10 to keep the distance - which the team passed on. For this breach, Perez was given the five-second time penalty, while for a similar offence under an earlier SC period, he was given a reprimand. He was also hit with two penalty points - which brings his total to two for the 12 month period they stay on a driver's record.