Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011

Hamilton given penalty for Maldonado collision

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011

Lewis Hamilton has been given a 20-second penalty following the Monaco Grand Prix.

However the penalty has no effect on his position as Adrian Sutil behind him had been lapped.

It’s Hamilton’s third penalty of the weekend, following a drive-through penalty in the race and the deletion of his fastest time in qualifying.

Hamilton described the stewarding as “a joke” in an interview after the race.

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  1. Hamilton ran wide on the hairpin,he didn,t move out of the way for Schumacher,his moves today have shown a blatant and arrogant disregard for anyone else,the other drivers were wrong,the stewards are a joke,team strategy was wrong,all except Mr Hamilton. He deserves a 10 place grid penalty at Canada. Not the sort of driving you would expect from a WDC,nor the ridiculous comments afterwards.

    1. Whats it doing with canada. and hamilton drove really well today. What the heck you talking about ?? He was one of the fastest driver on track. At Monaco it kind of show your true talent. and sorry to upset you, Massa was slow as a cow, and Maldonado needs to learn how to defend safely. He was an idiot to defend anyway.

      1. An idiot to defend…? How democratic!

  2. I just don’t understand why Hamilton tried to pull a move on Massa on the hairpin, i mean common guys he wasn’t going to pass Massa on that spot so why be so aggresive there especially in Monaco….nothing positive was going to come out from there

    1. Schumacher did it twice at the same spot. He was lucky that he pulled the move on two more mature drivers though.

      Every year we have overtakes there. Sometimes the defending driver suffers from red mist and het turns in and other times it just works out fine.

  3. Although Monaco maybe an exciting circuit, I can’t help but think that F1 has started to out-grow it. Hamiltons driving did not deserve the penalties given; he doesn’t drive like this on a proper circuit as the tracks are designed better.
    With a track like Monaco there has to be some give and take, the FIA can’t punish drivers when they keep making rules that affect the racing- for instance my view is that Monaco is to tight around corners to safley pass, THIER rule on tyres makes overtaking on the straights dangerous due to the tyre degredation marbles ie: look what happend to Massa when he was caught offline!
    When you are in a quicker car and the man in front is holding you up how the hell are you supposed to get by him on Monaco without stepping out to the marbles, or making contact on corners because the car in front closers the door when he should be looking in his mirrors?
    Monaco isn’t a RACE curcuit anymore for F1 cars, it appears to more about the pit stratergies and qualifying
    and then everyone has to do 78 laps of following the car in front or risk getting time penalties for trying to RACE the car infront!!!

    1. well said.

    2. *Started* to outgrow it? I thought F1 had already outgrown Monaco by about 1983!

      But I agree with everything else you say. There are no passes at Monaco that can’t be judged ill-advised at some level. If they work, they were a good idea. If they don’t, you shouldn’t have tried them, you’re a very silly boy and you deserve all the criticism and sanctions that come your way.

      Patrick Tambay did a barrel roll at Mirabeau in 1986 that said everything that needs to be said about the risks of making a pass at Monaco. He didn’t even do anything especially dumb, it just unravelled.

      I still think Monaco is an epic track where racing incidents are inevitable, and the only thing wrong is that we, and the stewards, can’t recognize a racing incident when we see them.


    “It’s always difficult to overtake there, you must be side-by-side and he wasn’t. I think he was too optimistic because of the condition of the race. He was on the super-soft option tyres I know the track very well and I was doing my job 100%. My pace was competitive, even with Ferrari at the beginning and even quicker than Renault and Mercedes. That is how the race is, we need to look forward now.”

    FELIPA MASSA: Then when I got to the tunnel my car was damaged and I went on the dirty part of the track and hit the wall. What he did today was unbelievable. Not just with me, but with other drivers as well. I think he needs to be penalised again, and in a good way – otherwise he doesn’t learn.”They need to think about something for him, or he will not learn.

    LOL MASSA and WEBBER the second drivers…

    1. Massa can go back to Brazil. We dont want pensioner on the race track. He had the ugliest crash of the day. Look at what Alonso can achieve out of the same car.

      I think Massa need to learn how to drive faster!

      1. Alonso has the same car with Massa? What kind of joke is this? We’re talking about Ferrari, are we?

  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mOw-qbgBTo

    Look at it here.
    Hamilton was surprised that Mal turned in early, and Ham did tried to avoid it by slowing down and turning into the chichane. In this situation, Mal should have left some room for Hamilton, as that’s what Schumie did which was world class.

    Fair fight, you leave room for others, others leave you room.
    Where did Maldonado think Hamilton can go? This is not GP2 young man!

    1. Exactley, more suprising is why are they trying to race Hamilton anyway, their cars are not even in the same legue! If you are a slower car and being lapped you get a blue flag but when a car is clearly faster from statistics at Monoca
      where does that leave you???

    2. Thanks for posting the link. Agree that Lewis had the racing line into the corner.

      Just a question to those thinking it’s Lewis that is clumsy: Do you think that Lewis’s nose needs to be ahead at the start of the turn before Mal should yield? (It’s an honest question, not rhetorical/sarcastic. Don’t get worked up)

    3. I think Hamilton was in the right with the Massa incident, but with Maldonado he really was too far behind.

      It’s exactly the same thing as in Singapore. Although Hamilton was slightly furter up on Maldonado. When you are behind you cannot just go for a gap that is going to disappear so soon.

      Hamilton was way further up on Schumacher. That’s why that one went OK.

      Although I have to agree that Maldonado turns in way too early. With that he didn’t even give Hamilton the chance of avoiding the accident.

  6. Rookie mistake by Maldonado to turn in on hamilton. Maldonado should have gotten the penalty. He leaves gap for hamilton to overtake and then turns in. Rookie mistake from Maldonado.

  7. As quoted above, if you no longer go for a gap you’re no longer a racing driver.

    Its motor racing. People crash. Get on with it.

  8. Hamilton drove like a dog today and basically took two people out of the race. He probably should have had a harsher penalty for the second crash and should definitely be given stern warning that he will have harsher penalties next time around. Not that it’s a shock, he’s just one of those personalities that’s got great talent mixed with a hot head. Personally, for better or for worse, I’ve always liked that.

  9. “He should have been DSQ. He took someone out.”

    Kobayashi sliced Sutils tires, later resulting in the smash that ended up with a red flag, yet he gets just a reprimand.

    I can see why Hamilton thinks ‘something’ is going on.

  10. According to Lewis Hamilton what happened today was the fault of Maldonado and Masa. What happened during his qualifying was the fault of the team and the fact that I did not win the barcelona GP was the fault of Toro Roso team which was holding him up. Boy racer like you need to mature and behave like proper and grown up racing drivers.

  11. Just seen the video Hamilton vs Maldonado incident from Hamilton’s onboard camera.

    Whilst Hamilton did get his fronts overlapping Maldonado’s rears, even if Maldonado had been further over to the left, it would appear Hamilton would still have been carrying too much speed to make it round the bollard without going deep into the corner and still hitting Maldonado.

    I am concerned that Hamilton appears to believe that other drivers should be intimidated by his aggressive driving and thus not put up a fight.

  12. I don’t understand the stewards decision to just give a 20 second penalty for Hamilton’s SECOND accident-causing incident in the race. If they believed he was the cause of both accidents, 20 seconds (and retaining his full points) is meaningless. Massa seemed likely to score points and Maldonado definitely was, so why should the cause of their grief be allowed to keep his? Baffling.

  13. There’s also an onboard of the Hamilton vs Massa incident as well. Massa’s car was damaged in the hairpin collision (he touched Webber and then Hamilton pushed him wide with his right front taking some more pieces of bodywork).

    It would seem Massa either could not get the power down going into the tunnel or was just not happy with the handling of the car. Either way, he moved over to the dirty side of the track to let Hamilton pass.

    Note that Hamilton cut the corner at Nouvelle Chicane when there was no other car around him, a completely unforced error.

    1. I don’t entirely agree with your assessment, but that’s okay. Do have a problem with that last sentence though: what does that have to do with anything?

  14. I feel really bad for Maldonado not getting his well earned points. Very nice to hear Hamilton speak his mind though, but the penalties should have been something that would have penalized Hamilton more. This was just a slap on the wrist sadly. Love seeing Hamilton this fired up and racing on the limit but this time he went a bit too far with his moves..

  15. Hamilton should know by now that overtaking from the inside is effectively banned from F1…

    1. Yes, just get with the plan and use the DRS, that’s what its for – zoom past on new tyres, unchallenged. Much cleaner. /rant.

  16. It is a shame that Hamilton got away with two unwise moved that caused effect on two other drivers with no effect on his results. This is not the first time it happens and it makes FIA look bad. One of the important FIA responsibilities is to make sure that drivers conduct themselves in a proper way without compromising safety. This isn’t the right way!

  17. PassingZone
    30th May 2011, 1:42

    What a bunch of crap. Hamilton needs a REAL penalty for his insane driving in Monaco, such as a one race suspension and warning that next time a ban for the rest of the year!!!!

  18. This race is a perfect opportunity for haters to jump on him, because it was one of those races he’d rather forget. In both incidents there’s a gap, but a gap at the hairpin is not the same as a gap at other corners. Unless you can turn your head and look at the other driver, you’re nowhere near close enough to make an effective pass, Massa and Maldonado were always going to turn in, and it really does look like Lewis just drove into them. Reminds me of a few passes that Heikki tried to make back in the day.

    For someone as aggressive as he is, he’d have already been furious with qualifying, as well as his slow pitstop, and the ‘red vision’ that can affect EVERY driver in the paddock came down on Hamilton today. It’s just, at Monaco, his driving did appear rather dangerous, although at least he pulled his two poor moves at the slowest point. Wasn’t sure though whether you can say he forced Massa onto the marbles in the tunnel as well, which is also incredibly dangerous.

    If you’re trying to be unbiased, the penalties were there, as the stewards were just trying to be consistent. Moaning about lack of overtaking in Monaco is useless; everyone knows it’s the hardest circuit to make a pass, and still the only place you ca do it effectively is the run down to the chicane out of the tunnel, because there is run-off that drivers can use if they are outbraked. Lewis just really needed to stay patient, a virtue which deserted him the moment the lights went green!

  19. If you look at Maldonado line, I think he knew Hamilton was there. Look at his racing line. Clearly he cut Hamiltons line. In case of Massa collision – Massa was so hard at defending as Hamilton on overtaking and attacking. I think it was racing! And I am just curious how Hamilton didn’t get or have more serious damages on his car after take off by maldonado. ;)

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