Stroll handed five-place grid penalty

Canadian rookie Lance Stroll has been handed a five-place grid penalty and will start at the back of the grid when he makes his maiden race outing for Williams in Sunday’s season-opening 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The 18-year-old teenager, who is the second youngest debutant in the history of the sport, was penalised because his car required a gearbox change after he crashed during the final minutes of Saturday’s final free practice session.

Stroll qualified 19th on Saturday, with only Briton Jolyon Palmer of Renault behind him, and so will drop to the back of the grid behind him for the race.

In another stewards’ move, Mexican Sergio Perez escaped with only a reprimand for exceeding the maximum time set by race direction between the safety lines at the end of Saturday’s qualifying.

This breach of the rules, by slightly more than four seconds, did not result in a punishment and he was allowed to keep his 11th place for Force India. 

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