Sergio Perez will start from the back of the grid for tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix

Sergio Pérez has been awarded a five-place grid penalty by the FIA Stewards’ panel at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. The Sauber driver was forced to have his gearbox changed after today’s qualifying session.

The Mexican had made it into Q2 with the fifth-quickest time in the first phase of qualifying, but he failed to clock a lap-time in Q2 after the team detected a major problem with his gearbox.

This left him set to start 17th on the grid, but after the team was forced to notify the FIA that it had changed his gearbox, the sport’s governing body issued him with a five-place grid drop.

This means that Pérez will start tomorrow’s race from 22nd and what has become last place after neither HRTF1 entry managed to make the qualifying cut.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.