Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011

Hamilton has most penalties so far in 2011

F1 statisticsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monaco, 2011
Hamilton received two of his four penalties in a single race

The F1 Fanatic statistics pages have been revised and expanded with the aim of producing the most comprehensive data on the 2011 season.

Among the new additions is a breakdown of all the penalties handed to drivers during 2011.

Lewis Hamilton has the most so far with four, two of which were handed down during the Monaco Grand Prix which led to his famous outburst afterwards.

He’s not the only driver to pick up two penalties in one race, however: Sergio Perez did likewise at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Of the 22 penalties handed down, six have gone to the two McLaren drivers.

Drive-through penalties remain the preferred punishment of the stewards, with time penalties taking their place if they are handed down late in the race.

Stop-go penalties were used instead at Silverstone due to the short length of the new pit lane. Sebastien Buemi is the only driver to receive a stop-go penalty at another track after breaking the pit lane speed limit by 20kph during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Here are all the drivers who have received race penalties during 2011:

Driver Total Drive-through Stop-go Post-race Time added
Lewis Hamilton 4 2 0 2 40
Sergio Perez 3 3 0 0 0
Jenson Button 2 2 0 0 0
Pastor Maldonado 2 2 0 0 0
Paul di Resta 2 2 0 0 0
Rubens Barrichello 1 1 0 0 0
Adrian Sutil 1 1 0 0 0
Vitantonio Liuzzi 1 1 0 0 0
Jerome D’Ambrosio 1 1 0 0 0
Michael Schumacher 1 0 1 0 0
Kamui Kobayashi 1 0 1 0 0
Sebastien Buemi 1 0 1 0 0
Fernando Alonso 1 0 0 1 20
Narain Karthikeyan 1 0 0 1 20

Post-race: Time added after the race
Penalties not served were not counted

Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld, Vitaly Petrov, Jaime Alguersuari, Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Pedro de la Rosa, Daniel Ricciardo and Karun Chandhok have not served any race penalties in 2011.

An updated version of this table will be posted after every race here:

See here for information on qualifying penalties:

More 2011 F1 statistics

Season records

The season records page now includes data broken down by team as well as by driver:

Race information charts

All the lap charts, lap times charts, lists of pit stop times, tyre strategies and more information on every race so far this year can now be found via new single page:

You can find all this data and more via the top menu (2011 F1 Season > 2011 F1 statistics) here:

154 comments on “Hamilton has most penalties so far in 2011”

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  1. The Stewards haven’t imposed any penalty for blocking or impeding another competitor in qualifying for a while now. In fact I can’t remember when or who the last one was awarded to.
    Do we think that the drivers (and teams on the radio) have got more careful of each other, or have the Stewards become less exacting?

    1. I think both is true.

  2. Budapest and Monaco = Alan McNish

    All three penalties, or at least Massa/Monaco and Budapest is discussable.

  3. Keith, do you have data form 2010 on penalties? It would be interesting to see which drivers had a greater number of penalties, or less penalties in 2011.

  4. Keith,

    Can’t comment back above, but anyways, I can follow you in that even though Lewis spin didn’t him further into di Resta’s path, then when look squarely at it then probably it wasn’t safe, OTOH stewards could have let it go.

    And that is the problem, if you look squarely at it then how many times past few season have we seen cars side by side down the pit lane? That’s without discussion, an unsafe release every single time yet not all get penalized, how many times have we seen cars dive into other cars racing line in the first corner? Thats causing a collision every single time (except that the opponents may elect not to take the collision unlike Massa).

    There’s just no denying that while LH’s style may be more penalty prone, he is also getting shafted again and again, and if the entire field got penalized like he does then there would be no room for racing left, it would be 2 hours of “Convoy” every fortnight.

  5. I sometimes amazed by the negative and biased comments on here. The penalty handed to lewis was definitely harsh. Yes, rules are there to be obeyed but each case has to be judged on its on merit, based on circumstances rather than a blanket and blind application of the rules. Some armchair experts think it would have been easy for Lewis to sit in the car and wait for a good time to spin the car round. What they fail to consider is the position of lewis car and whether on coming drivers will spot him in time. Just look back at Bahrain when Schumacher, after spinning almost got killed by Luizzi

    Just look at the angle of schumacher’s car and compare that to Lewis onboard view.


    His car was almost perpendicular to the track and anything at all could have happened. F1 drivers have to consider not only the safety of other drivers but their own safety. These guys have seconds to decide and act and we sit here for hours yet draw the wrong conclusions.

    How many times have we seen similar incidents being given different penalties?

    Enough said!

    1. If you accept that Hamilton was in a dangerous situation in the first place then by that reasoning he put di Resta in more danger by spinning his car into his path.

      It comes back to the fact that a driver has more chance of being able to avoid a stationary car than one that is spinning towards him. That’s why Hamilton was in the wrong.

      1. I disagree Keith!. By that reasonining, he was trying to remove himself out of the dangerous position which is potentially dangerous for other drivers. It just happens that his spin force di Resta off the track. Schumacher did nothing (the opposite of Hamilton) and still put himself and Luizzi in harms way. This is why i think the rules should be applied on a case by case by rather than a blanket approach of its either black or white. There is a grey area you know!

        1. he was trying to remove himself out of the dangerous position which is potentially dangerous for other drivers

          And through doing so created a more dangerous situation which forced another driver to take avoiding action he would not otherwise have taken, hence the penalty.

          1. hahahaha the stewards might as well introduce different penalties for dangerous as well as more dangerous situations created by drivers.

  6. A41202813@GMAIL.COM (@)
    19th August 2011, 4:03

    The More Penalties The Better.

    It Just Means He Is Doing His Job, Unlike The Vast Majority Of The Slow Train Competition.

    I Bet The Last German GrandPrix Brought More Fans To The Sport Than Any Other Race In Many Many Years.

    Go, HAMILTON !

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