Sport Perez moves ahead in Malaysia

15:06  13 october  2017
15:06  13 october  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Vettel evades gearbox damage in Stroll shunt

  Vettel evades gearbox damage in Stroll shunt Following an investigation, Ferrari has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox did not sustain damage in his post-race tangle with Williams’ Lance Stroll at the Malaysia Grand Prix. Vettel and Stroll collided at Turn 5 on their lap back to the pits on Sunday, with the Ferrari sustaining significant left-rear suspension damage. It was suspected that Vettel’s gearbox may have also suffered damage in the incident. With gearbox’s being required to complete six consecutive races before teams are permitted to introduce a new unit, Vettel faced the prospect of a five-place grid penalty at the next race in Japan. Following an investigation at Ferrari’s Maranello base, the team has confirmed that he will be able to use the same gearbox at Suzuka and will therefore avoid a penalty. Vettel’s collision with Stroll was investigated by the stewards, who deemed that no further action was warranted. Both drivers were, however, advised to demonstrate further caution in the future when en route to the pit-lane at the conclusion of a race. Power unit dramas on Saturday meant that Vettel started the race from last on the grid, but a determined drive saw him climb to a fourth-place finish before the incident with Stroll. Vettel heads to Japan with a 34 point deficit versus championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who finished second in Malaysia.

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The Dutchman made his move at Turn 1 and enthused “that’s how we do it.” Verstappen began to pull away from Hamilton while his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo harrassed the other Bottas was fifth ahead of Perez and Vandoorne while Stroll, Felipe Massa and Esteban Ocon completed the top ten.

Pat Perez birdied six of his final eight holes to grab a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the weather-affected CIMB Classic.

The American's fast finish saw him post a seven-under 65 at TPC Kuala Lumpur set the pace, with Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele his nearest challenger on 12 under.

Overnight leader Cameron Smith sits four strokes back in a share of third alongside Thomas Pieters and Sung Kang, as Paul Casey moved back into contention with a round-of-the-day 63.

Bottas issued five-place grid drop for gearbox change

  Bottas issued five-place grid drop for gearbox change Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has been handed a five-place grid penalty as a result of an unscheduled gearbox change ahead of the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. By regulation, an F1 gearbox has to complete six consecutive races before being changed. The team is yet to disclose the full details necessitating the early switch, however, with this weekend’s race being the sixth and final scheduled race for the unit, fatigue could be a factor. Bottas finished fifth in FP1 on Friday morning in Japan, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton ending the morning in second place. With FP2 having been a wash-out, the first session presented the only representative timesheet.Mercedes appears to have avoided a repeat of their balance issues that hindered their pace at the Malaysia Grand Prix last week. Mercedes appears to have avoided a repeat of their balance issues that hindered their pace at the Malaysia Grand Prix last week. Bottas’ penalty comes during a downturn in form described by the Finn as the “worst time of his career.” He has fallen out of championship contention and has not once finished ahead of Hamilton in the four races since the summer break. Bottas was last issued a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change ahead of the British Grand Prix in July. On that occasion, he managed to recover to second place on Sunday to round out a Mercedes 1-2.

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Lucas Perez at Heathrow in London ahead of his Arsenal move . Perez scored 17 goals for Deportivo La Coruna last year and Arsenal turned him down earlier in the summer becuase they didn't think he was good enough.

Play was suspended for nearly four hours mid-round due to thunderstorms, although all players were able to get their rounds completed once play resumed at 2.15pm local time.

Beginning on the back nine, Perez bounced back from an early blemish at the 12th to birdie his next two holes and fire more four consecutive gains from the second.

Back-to-back birdies over his final two holes gave Perez the outright advantage, as Schuaffele mixed four gains and an eagle with a sole blemish to card a five-under 67.

Pieters fired five birdies in a blemish-free 67 to get to nine under, with Kang birdieing three off his first five holes on his way to a 68 and Smith following up his opening-round 64 with a one-under 71.

Defending champion Justin Thomas heads into the weekend 10 strokes off the pace after a one-under 71, with Ian Poulter a further shot adrift following a second-round 74.

Watch the CIMB Classic throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports Golf. Live coverage continues on Saturday from 4am on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event.

Perez cruises to win in Malaysia .
American Pat Perez was rarely challenged as he claimed a third PGA Tour win by winning the CIMB Classic.Pat Perez cruised to a four-stroke win at the CIMB Classic for his third PGA Tour victory on Sunday.

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