Esteban Gutierrez given five-place grid penalty in Bahrain for causing crash in China
Sauber driver ran into the back of Adrian Sutil at turn 14
By William Esler. Last Updated: 14/04/13 1:47pm
Esteban Gutierrez: Will take a grid penalty in Bahrain after crash
Esteban Gutierrez has been handed a five-place grid penalty for next week's Bahrain GP after crashing into the back of Adrian Sutil at the turn 14 hairpin.
The Sauber driver carried too much speed into the corner, locked up and smashed into the German's rear wing forcing both out of the race.
The announcement from the race stewards said Gutierrez "admitted he had misjudged his closing speed."
The Mexican sounded downbeat following the incident and blamed a lack of downforce in the turbulent air behind the Force India as one of the reasons for the crash.
"All I can say is my apologies to Adrian," the Mexican told Sky Sports F1.
"It was definitely a mistake. I didn't consider the amount of speed I had on the straight and I lost a lot of downforce into that corner and tried to my best to stop the car.
"I should have considered a little bit more distance to brake as I approached the corner and the car in front quicker than I expected. I had nowhere to go."