FIA to review five-spot grid penalty handed to Perez from Canadian GP

The penalty assessed Force India driver Sergio Perez is under review.  

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Formula One’s governing body will review the stewards’ decision at the Canadian Grand Prix to issue Force India driver Sergio Perez a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race in Austria.

Perez was punished after the June 8 race for allegedly causing a high-speed collision with Filipe Massa’s Williams.

Racing in fourth and fifth position respectively, both were eyeing a podium finish until Massa clipped Perez’s left rear wheel going into the final lap. Stewards ruled Perez came off his race line.

FIA says it will hold a hearing late Friday because of "exceptional circumstances," as Perez was taken to hospital after the Montreal race "and unable to communicate with his team or attend the hearing."

Perez and Massa avoided injuries during the crash.