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Formula 1: Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) penalized by three places on the grid in Australia

The Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), third in qualifying for the Australian F1 Grand Prix on Saturday, will finally be 6th on the starting grid on Sunday, after receiving a three-place penalty for having “unnecessarily hampered” the German Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) during qualifying.

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Formula 1: Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) penalized by three places on the grid in Australia

The Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), third in qualifying for the Australian F1 Grand Prix on Saturday, will finally be 6th on the starting grid on Sunday, after receiving a three-place penalty for having “unnecessarily hampered” the German Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) during qualifying.

He will start on the third row alongside Australian Oscar Piastri, who moved up to 5th place thanks to Pérez's penalty.

The sanction also affects the Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) and the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), who each gain one place. The duo will start from the second row.

The start of the Australian round, the third meeting of the season, will be given on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. local time (5:00 a.m. Paris time, 4:00 a.m. GMT) with the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in pole position, next to the Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Ferrari).

. Starting grid:

1st line:

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari)

2nd line:

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari)

3rd line:

Oscar Piastri (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes)

Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull)*

4th line:

George Russell (GBR/Mercedes)

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/Racing Bulls-Red Bull)

5th line:

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

6th line:

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes)

7th line:

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Sauber-Ferrari)

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari)

8th line:

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)

Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Haas-Ferrari)

9th line:

Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpine-Renault)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Racing Bulls-Red Bull)

10th line:

Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Sauber-Ferrari)

*three place penalty for hindering Hulkenberg in qualifying

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