Hamilton given penalty for Maldonado collision

2011 Monaco Grand Prix

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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195 comments on Hamilton given penalty for Maldonado collision

  1. matador said on 29th May 2011, 20:55

    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.

  2. Russell said on 29th May 2011, 23:43

    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.

  3. Brian Baum said on 29th May 2011, 23:48

    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.

  4. Russell said on 29th May 2011, 23:57

    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.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 30th May 2011, 8:33

      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?

  5. Mustalainen (@mustalainen) said on 30th May 2011, 0:37

    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..

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

  7. Oscar said on 30th May 2011, 1:38

    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!

  8. PassingZone said on 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!!!!

  9. dragon said on 30th May 2011, 2:50

    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!

  10. Marko said on 30th May 2011, 7:12

    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. ;)

  11. Steven Smith (@ragwort) said on 30th May 2011, 7:44

    Perfect proof that Monaco should be dropped from the F1 calendar. I thought F1 was about racing. Not just playing follow-the-leader.
    At least Hamilton was trying. Drop Monaco now and lets go back to the A1-Ring or whatever Red Bull want it called nowadays.

  12. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 30th May 2011, 9:40

    I do find these penalties a bit tiresome. Like that penalty Alonso got after Malaysia (as if he didn’t suffer from losing the nose already and needed another lesson), it is just posturing for me, similar to those reprimands in Spain – the stewards making a point.

    And here too, I’m not that sure about who should be blamed for the Maldonado incident – Maldonado (having seen rerun) did turn in early, Hamilton had to go over that pylon at the corner (he likes those, it seems!), I don’t see how different Schumacher was hitting HAM at the start that the difference is a penalty of 20 seconds (apart from Maldonado then losing his car, but he was the one that steered in, he could have prepared for the hit, I think).

    I am just not convinced that had those penalties made a difference, the stewards would have given them (or the drivers/teams would have stood for them), so it’s all a bit of posturing to me. If a signal has to be given, clarify the rules so we, teams, and drivers, know what is and isn’t allowed in the future.

  13. GOFerrari said on 30th May 2011, 12:15

    Hamilton is an idiot who cant drive to save his life he tried to over take and could not so he resorted to raming two drivers off the road!!! he lost massa points because i bet he would of com 4th maybe 5th the IDIOT and only only got 20 seconds?!?!?!? what should of happened is he should of been banned from the next three races and they should of taken 25 points from Hamilton and given them to massa and then 5 points from that other driver he ramed off the road to teach him a proper lesson because those 20 seconds did nothing and did you hear the idiot he pretended like it was massas fault!!!!! the cheeck of him!!! i hope they listen to massa plea and give him a harsher penalty they cant show that hamilton can ram people off the road and basically get away with it because he still would of come in 7th even with out the penalty where is the justice? come on you FIA people do something!!!!

    • Mushy said on 30th May 2011, 14:02

      It seems to me that you’re insinuating that Hamilton had purposely rammed the two drivers off the road; due to difficulties passing. I doubt that there was such malicious intent.

      Also, the passing of such a large amount of points to only Massa (with others such as Maldonado getting 5) leads me to believe there is some bias here. GOFerrari seems to be a clue.

      3 race ban? Even Schumy didn’t get that and all the above from any of his questionable actions of the past.

      Trolls will be trolls i guess…

      • GOFerrari said on 30th May 2011, 15:56

        well he caused the crashes he should of backed off instead of raming them off the road.. and 20 seconds had no effect on him at all he may as well have been given nothing from that 20 seconds where massa would of finished 4th/5th…

        he tried to insinuate the same did he not?? he tried to blame massa saying that he did it on purpose on top of it!!! ok 3 race ban is harsh but at least a penalty tjat would have an effect on him rather then 20 seconds that was the same as giving him no punishment.. show him he cant get away with raming them off the road..

        trolls will be trolls? i not trying to be a troll i just think hamilton was in the wrong and deserves a harsher punishment..

        im guessing your a mclaren fan and think they can do no wrong no matter what they do.. like the bbc hamilton could purposely ram them and they would say he did nothing wrong… i am not saying he did this time but he knew over taking was not easy and he should of stayed back.

        • Mushy said on 30th May 2011, 18:03

          Actually a Williams fan.
          I agree that a 20 second penalty has no effect and if they were to give a penalty, it should be one that does something.

          As for the blaming on massa, I don’t see either driver wishing to cause an accident but I feel that massa misjudged or had not noticed the situation as he tried to get under webber. The situation reminds me of a race start where drivers are close around a slow bend. Lewis was a overly punchy but Massa was also hasty. We can’t forget some of the times where Massa has been too feisty either.
          As Davidson says: probably a racing incident where both drivers contributed to it.

          It seemed like a trollish comment earlier because of the blunt statements (putting it politely).

  14. GoFerrari said on 30th May 2011, 18:14

    I agree it did sound king of trollish and i am sorry for that i was a bit harsh and should of toned it down..

    Williams? they are a good team.

    i hope they give him something extra to actually punish him, what would you have done if you where the one giving out the penalties what would you say? 40 seconds? hes out of that race and gets no points?

    No i don;t think any of them wanted to actually cause a crash because it puts them out of the race, thats not good for any one, even though hamiltons car is built like a rock because nothing happened to his car while massa’s one was in pieces lol

    Just like with Alonso that time hamilton slammed on his breaks causing alonso to go into the back of him.. something has to be done..

    on seprate note willimas it hink did very well at monaco

  15. GoFerrari said on 30th May 2011, 18:35

    yeah michael was playing dirty and got away with a lot, but he did make a tone of money .. i am glad he is now not with ferrari, he should of stayed out when he got out.. but i think now hes just there to have fun and does not care if he wins or loses for mercedes, but he did a good job holding back Hamilton in the race lol…

    The only reason why i hate the mclarens is when they copied ferrari documents and got like a 100 million fine..

    I also like Redbull, i hope either ferrari or red bull win but i doubt any one will catch up to them, i think its going to be redbull 1. ferrari 2 for the racers and then red bull mclaren and ferrari 3rd for the contructors

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