Esteban Gutierrez has expressed his frustration towards the Stewards after receiving a five-place grid penalty for impeding Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.
The Haas driver had slowed down on the racing line at the top of Eau Rouge which caught out a fast approaching Wehrlein, who was forced to take evasive action onto the grass to avoid an incident.
When asked by MotorsportM8 if he felt the penalty handed to him was harsh, he replied: “”Very harsh, especially considering that Magnussen didn’t get anything. Very harsh.”
Magnussen was called to the Stewards for blocking Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at Blanchimont which caused the four-time world champion to swear over team radio at the Renault driver’s actions. However, no penalty was given to Magnussen for the incident.
“Honestly it’s up to them to decide the judgement but at least be consistent and today they were not consistent. I respect them a lot, I came there with the right approach, I explained my situation and I have explained that to you but the final decision was… Yeah… It’s just an unfair situation to see that somebody who had a similar situation got no penalty and I got a five-place grid penalty.
Talking about the incident which will see him drop to 18th position on the grid, Gutierrez said that he wasn’t aware that Wehrlein was behind him on a fast lap.
“It was a miscommunication error. Basically, I didn’t get the message from my engineer that he was coming and then by the time he came from the back he came very quickly. I left some space to the right for the same reason, but then when he comes very quickly I cannot make an aggressive move because if I make the move to the wrong direction, it can be even worse.
“I saw that he tried to go to the left and then he changed to the right so it’s the kind of situation where it’s better to stay kind of straight because otherwise it can be very dangerous.”
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