Sergio Perez and Nicholas Latifi will start from the pit lane at the Dutch GP after both Red Bull Racing and Williams made changes to the cars.
For Perez and Red Bull in particular, this is a major setback in terms of Constructors’ Championship as both Mercedes drivers will start from second and third place. Only Perez’s teammate Max Verstappen is ahead of them and will start from pole position.
For the Mexican, qualifying already ended after Q1 when a strategic mistake meant he first went out in traffic and was unable to set a fast lap.
However, the FIA documents state that the energy storage system has a different specification. Honda would not give more information, saying only that the reasons for the change were “nothing special.”
Since the changes happened after qualifying, Perez now has to start from the pit lane. This is to help the Mexican make up many places. Perez also answered some questions about the changes and yesterday’s qualifying.
Since the changes happened after qualifying, Perez now has to start from the pit lane.
Latifi did not have a better day. He got into Q2 but crashed and finished qualifying in P14. As his gearbox was severely damaged in the collision, it had to be replaced. This was confirmed by the FIA.
This would have resulted in a 5-place penalty, but there was also a change to the specification of the front wing, so he has to start from the pit lane.