Hamilton has most penalties so far in 2011

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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

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154 comments on Hamilton has most penalties so far in 2011

  1. mfDB (@mfdb) said on 16th August 2011, 15:02

    My mind has been absolutely blown by the people on here arguing that Hamilton did not deserve a penalty for making Di Resta go off track.

    Hamilton even admitted he was wrong and he apologized to Di Resta.

  2. Wheel Nut (@wheel-nut) said on 16th August 2011, 15:45

    Hamilton is so exciting to watch because as well as his supreme car handling skills, he has wonderful racing instinct. This means he sees and often makes moves that others would not see or attempt. Like you drive your car, this instinct is largely a series of subconscious decisions. In other words you do what immediately comes to mind giving you those fractions of a second advantage over your competition. Other drivers, race less on instinct and more on conscious calculation. Whilst this may be more immediately disadvantageous, you are far less likely to get into trouble and it increases your ability to manage longer term issues.

    When he spun at Hungary, Lewis could have done what he did or spin the other way away from the racing line and rejoin or wait until a clear gap appeared and then rejoined. I’d be willing to bet that what passed through his mind as he spun was “****! After him….”, that the only conscious planning was identifying the quickest way back into the race and not the safest.

    The fact that Di Resta and Hamilton didn’t crash was entirely due to Di Resta’s ability to take evasive action. Hamilton did nothing that reduced the chances of a collision. The penalty was given because drivers need to factor in safety as well as speed into their choices and that requires conscious thought. In Keith’s words – he was careless.

    • mfDB (@mfdb) said on 16th August 2011, 16:05

      It’s ironic that you talk about his “supreme car handling” skills while discussing an incident where he spun off. Granted, he is excellent with the car, and I agree 100% with the second 2 paragraphs in your comment, I don’t think that the issue with his penalties comes down to “supreme” skills and instinct. I think it has more to do with aggression and potentially a sort of self serving attitude – it’s similar to being careless, only it’s more intentional than it is mindless. I am not saying that he tried to make Di Resta crash, but what I am saying (and you sort of said it too with the ****! After him…. statement) is that in that moment on the track, his decision making was flawed, not necessarily by mindless carelessness, but by a carelessness born out of ego that told him to just go no matter what.

  3. F1 is so political and nanny-state nowadays. Hamilton just seems to be the guy the stewards target, no matter what on-track event occurs. I bet if it was Lewis who tangled with Alonso like Button did and took him out, the stewards would have slapped him with a penalty.
    The guy can’t win, aggressive but fair driving, if the opposing driver doesn’t react in a sensible way, the hey-ho! Lewis is penalised.
    It’s pathetic, these guys would rather stay behind another car and calculate machinations in their heads and beat the other guys in the pits, and we call that ‘racing’.
    The true form of racing, the actual spirit of racing, is reflected in guys like Lewis and Kobayashi and maybe Webber. Most of the other guys cry if someone touches their car.

    • Thomas said on 17th August 2011, 20:18

      Most notably so in Monaco, Massa. the moving chicane, chose the same damn path through the hairpin for 5-6 laps in a row, then when Hamilton dives in, Massa suddenly decides to use the space on the track which he hasn’t touched once in the entire race.

      Try for the next race to count the number of times drivers are in that exact position, inside another driver by 2/3 on the race path, particular during the start laps it is ALL THE TIME, except only some then decides to make a crash of it and turn into the attacker…

  4. Is this still going on?!

    What’s done is done.

    F1 isn’t touring cars.

    Move on!

  5. Keith, what is the record for number of penalties in a season by a driver? Can lewis beat that? :)

  6. HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 16th August 2011, 20:18

    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?

  7. Batracer said on 16th August 2011, 22:34

    Budapest and Monaco = Alan McNish

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

  8. raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 17th August 2011, 3:28

    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.

  9. Thomas said on 18th August 2011, 5:22


    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.

  10. 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!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 18th August 2011, 23:57

      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.

      • 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!

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 19th August 2011, 11:50

          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.

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

  11. A41202813@GMAIL.COM (@) said on 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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