Gutierrez collects penalty for taking out Sutil

2013 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Shanghai, 2013Esteban Gutierrez has been penalised for crashing into Adrian Sutil during the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Sauber driver has been given a five-place penalty for the next race in Bahrain.

Gutierrez hit the Force India at the turn 14 hairpin during the race, causing both to retire. The stewards report said Gutierrez “admitted he had misjudged the closing speed on car 15”.

He apologised to Sutil and Force India after the race: “Right before going into the long straight I had Checo (Perez) fighting behind me, and I approached the corner too fast.”

“I was braking at the same place where I usually brake, however, didn?t anticipate the loss of downforce and the amount of speed I had. I tried my best to stop, but didn?t succeed. It was definitely my fault, and I apologise to Adrian and to his team.”

Sutil said he had no alternative but to retire: “Things were going well in the opening laps and then under braking for the final hairpin I got hit from behind as I turned into the corner.”

“I guess Gutierrez missed his braking point and had nowhere to go but into the back of my car. My rear wing was broken and there was no option but to stop. It?s always a shame not to finish a race and I had a good chance of scoring more points today.”

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