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Carlos Sainz

Sainz and Perez escape penalty for pit lane clash

Both drivers escape penalties after Perez ran over the Ferrari wheel gun during Sainz's stop

Perez pitstop Zandvoort
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Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez have escaped any further penalties after their pit lane clash during the Dutch Grand Prix.

Sainz had a slow stop due to his tyres not being ready at the left rear, which prompted the Ferrari mechanic to place his wheel gun down.

However this was done in the path of Perez, causing the Red Bull driver to run over the wheel gun as he exited his pit box.

The stewards investigated this incident and Sainz for running over the Red Bull wheel gun air hose as his approached the Ferrari pit box for his stop.

After reviewing the video evidence for both cases the stewards determined no further action.

In the case of Perez, the stewards noted: "The Stewards determined (i) that Ferrari’s wheel gun allocated to the rear left wheel was placed a bit further away from its usual position but still in the inner lane and (ii) that Car 11 rejoined the fast lane after its pit stop as soon as possible. The Stewards took into consideration the configuration of the pit lane which is particularly short and thus decide not to take any further action."

For Sainz they said: "The Stewards further determined that the slight touch of the Red Bull Racing wheel gun’s air hose was rather due to the configuration of Zandvoort pit lane which is particularly short. Therefore, no further action is taken."

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