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Sergio Perez Penalty: Red Bull Driver Inches Closer to Race Ban

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Close-up photo of Sergio Perez in his Red Bull racing car.

Sergio Perez is flirting with danger after his latest penalty at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver’s penalty point total is mounting, putting him perilously close to an automatic one-race ban. Let’s break down his situation.

What Happened in Saudi Arabia?

Perez’s troubles stem from an unsafe pit exit during a chaotic safety car period. He pulled out in front of Fernando Alonso, forcing Alonso to take evasive action, and crucially, ignored a red light signal from his pit crew. This earned him a five-second penalty (which didn’t affect his race result) and another penalty point.

Penalty Points: The Road to a Ban

This latest point brings Perez’s total to a worrying eight. Critically, he won’t start shedding points until September, and there are a whopping 15 races before then. Any driver accumulating 12 penalty points within a 12-month period faces an automatic one-race ban. Perez is treading a dangerous path.

Perez Speaks Out: Owning the Mistake

Perez admits he jumped the gun. Despite not seeing traffic in the pit lane, he acknowledges that the penalty was justified. Even with a driver’s limited perspective, it’s crucial to follow team instructions, especially concerning safety.

Beyond the Points: The Big Picture

Perez’s point woes could have major championship implications. Red Bull relies on him as a strong second driver to challenge Ferrari and Mercedes. Missing a race would be a huge setback in these early stages of the season.

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