Stewards clear Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez over Suzuka collision

Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez will face no further action over the collision that occurred while they contested eighth place at Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Perez tried to overhaul Gasly around the outside of Turn 1 but the pair clashed, resulting in Perez spinning into barriers and retirement.

Gasly went on to classify eighth while, due to a glitch in the timing system, the results were taken at the end of the penultimate lap, meaning Perez eventually placed ninth.

Despite the clash technically not taking place during the race the panel of stewards opted to investigate the incident.

They “determined that Cars 11 [Perez] and 10 [Gasly] while transiting Turns 1 and 2 side by side, with Car 11 attempting an outside pass, made contact near the apex of Turn 2, causing Car 11 to leave the track. 

“Both drivers contributed to the contact as Car 11, who was slightly in front and on the outside of the track took a narrow line towards the apex of Turn 2, while Car 10 on the inside of the track, and likely not fully visible to car 11, did not take as tight a line as was possible through the apex prior to the contact. 

“No driver is judged wholly at fault.”