Sergio Perez has been given two penalties after qualifying for not slowing under yellow flags when Romain Grosjean and Jenson Button stopped on the circuit.
The Mexican was seen on video to have been overtaking the other Haas driver of Esteban Gutierrez, whose teammate brought out the yellow flags by crashing at turn 10 in Q2. Further around the track Jenson Button had his own drama, brushing the wall and giving himself a puncture.
“(Perez) failed to reduce his speed significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop as required when double yellow flags were being waved at both Turns 9 and 10,” confirmed the stewards.
“The stewards took into consideration the fact that the driver had two corners in which to slow down significantly and failed to do so and both of which were blind corners. This includes one there the accident had taken place and where the damaged car was still in the barriers.
“The driver would not have known if the track had a hazard wholly or partly blocking the track and/or marshals working on or beside the track.”
He was given a five place penalty and three penalty points on his licence for this, and three place penalty for overtaking Gutierrez under the yellow flag.