The five-place grid-drop penalty handed out to Sahara Force India driver Sergio Perez after the incident in Canada that eliminated the Williams of Felipe Massa and himself will remain after a hearing in Austria deemed the punishment appropriate for the offence.
His Force India team were confident that the penalty could be overturned as they believed the telemetry and driver testimony would convince the stewards that there was no wrong-doing and the crash with Massa was a racing accident. However the FIA decided the penalty should remain, and Perez will drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. The team are not expected to appeal the penalty.
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