Red Bull defends Checo Pérez, doubly penalized at the Austrian GP

The Mexican, who finished sixth, was penalized for his "hand-to-hand" battle with Charles Leclerc.

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The sixth place that the Mexican got Sergio Pérez at Austrian Grand Prix it tasted shortly after starting from third place. Without a doubt, the pilot of Red Bull he did not have a great Sunday, mainly in the "melee" battles.

The first collision he had in the first laps when he wanted to win second place to English Lando Norris (McLaren) going around a curve on the outside. Checo was left without a track and was tenth in the peloton. The authorities considered that Norris did not give him enough space and penalized him with five seconds.

Sergio PérezAt the end of the race, Pérez ran into the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari). The dispute was intense and with touches, but a product of the heat of the fight. However, the maneuvers were disapproved by the Sports Stewards, who penalized the Aztec twice with five seconds.

"It's difficult for the race director, but I felt that maybe the incidents we saw were closer to race incidents than to deserve penalties.", analyzed Christian horner, responsible for Red Bull.

“The Checo and Lando thing was a career incident. You go outside, you face the risk, especially when you are not in the position to be ahead, but I think that after the FIA ​​imposed that first penalty, I could not not sanction a very similar move with Charles ", he remarked.

For all this, the team-manager asked for more flexibility when judging a maneuver: “These guys have been karting since they were kids and they know that if you go outside, you take the risk, especially if you're not ahead, so I think the penalties were a bit harsh and slightly went against the mantra. of 'allowing them to fight' for which we have advocated in recent years ”.

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