Sergio Pérez will serve a five-place grid penalty at the European Grand Prix after the Force India team was forced to replace his car’s gearbox in the wake of the Mexican driver’s crash in Saturday’s final practice session.

Pérez was on course to challenge for ‘best of the rest’ honours behind the two Mercedes’ of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg when he lost control and hit the wall at Turn 15 in the final moments of the session.

The impact badly damaged the rear bodywork and suspension of his VJM09 chassis, along with his car’s gearbox, which had to be hastily replaced in time for this afternoon’s all-important qualifying session.

As a result of the unscheduled replacement, Pérez will incur a costly five-place grid penalty. It is a major blow for the Silverstone team on a weekend when both its cars had proved extremely competitive on the Baku City Circuit.

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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.