The Stewards have come down hard on Sergio Perez, handing the Force India driver two penalties relating to yellow flag breaches during Q2 in qualifying.

After Romain Grosjean crashed in the final minute of the Q2 session, double waved yellow flags were shown around the track which warns drivers to slow down and potentially stop.

However, Perez only lifted off the throttle during this phase as he was on a flying lap and managed to improve his time to promote himself out of the drop zone and into the top 10, overtaking a Manor in the process.

It was these two offences that the Stewards punished the Mexican with a total of an eight place grid penalty. Five places for failing to slow sufficiently whilst double waved yellow flags were displayed, and three places for overtaking a car in Turn 16 while there was a yellow flag being displayed.

“The driver of car 11 failed to reduce his speed significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop as required under Article 2.4.5.1(b) when double yellow flags were being waved at both Turns 9 and 10,” a statement from the FIA read.

“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 (including one where the accident had taken place and where the damaged car was still in the barriers) and where 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.”

Perez was also handed three penalty points on his super license for failing to slow sufficiently under the double waved yellow flags.

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