Maldonado handed ten-place grid penalty for Perez collision

2012 Monaco Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Monaco, 2012Pastor Maldonado will be moved back ten places on the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Williams driver collided with Sergio Perez towards the end of the final hour of practice on Saturday morning.

Maldonado, who scored his first F1 victory in the previous race in Spain, appeared to deliberately make contact with the Sauber driver.

Maldonado was involved in a similar incident with Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix last year, for which he received a five-place penalty.

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76 comments on Maldonado handed ten-place grid penalty for Perez collision

  1. callum (@095cal) said on 26th May 2012, 12:28

    He is lucky its only a 10 place grid penalty considering its the second time he has done this.

    • baldgye (@baldgye) said on 26th May 2012, 22:22

      agreed, next time he does this and by the looks of it he probally will he needs to get a race ban, using your car as a weapon to attack drivers with that he seems to feel have done him some wrong is by far one of the worst things an F1 driver can do.

  2. andae23 (@andae23) said on 26th May 2012, 12:29

    Fully agree: his move was unacceptable and unprofessional.

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th May 2012, 12:30

    As written in the live blog, at least its more than he got for much the same in the spa incident last year, but is it enough to take into account the fact its a bit of a repeat offence?
    I really feel that these kind of things should be taken more seriously (Schu only a reprimand last week for retaliation), and I am not sure Mansell would not have given Hamilton a more severe one.

  4. Sheriff said on 26th May 2012, 12:31

    Kick him out. This is totally unexceptable. And to be honest, a 10 place pen just pathetic.

  5. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 26th May 2012, 12:32

    I know the stewards have been in the habit of releasing statements explaining precisely why they hand out certain punishments. They did it with the Button-Hamilton incident at Canada last year. Does anybody know if one has been released for this incident? I’m very cuirous to know as to whether they have termed it an “avoidable incident” or a “deliberate incident”.

  6. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 26th May 2012, 12:33

    I don’t understand this. I think it deserves a harsher penalty, but I thought it would be treated the same as the Spa incident and get a 5-place penalty again. So if the FIA aren’t being consistent, why not punish it accordingly? Or is this appropriate punishment for the offence? I can’t see how it’s less of an offence than cheating or making errors like McLaren in Spain.

  7. sketchyterry (@sketchyterry) said on 26th May 2012, 12:35

    That is not harsh enough, considering this is his second offence he should be punished much more harshly. I say either 24 place grid penatly or disqualification

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 26th May 2012, 12:38

    Deliberate move, yes. Deliberate intention to make contact, I’m not so sure. I’d had to see it much more. Initially I’m thinking it’s a case of over-confidence. However, the penalty seems appropriate, it’s not like he will have much of an opportunity to improve on where he starts on the grid.

    • Skett (@skett) said on 26th May 2012, 17:31

      Completely agree. I don’t understand all these people calling for his disqualification and some saying he should be kicked out of the sport entirely. While he had no reason to move over that soon, I seriously doubt he’d intended to actually hit Perez, just scare him. If you watch the replay Perez moved over and actually straightened the car out, maybe Maldonado wasn’t expecting it and just moved over in an attempt to scare him a bit. Only a total moron would deliberately crash his car into someone else in practice 3, possibly damaging the car before quali.

      10 place I think is fair for causing an avoidable incident

      • phildick (@phildick) said on 26th May 2012, 19:49

        @skett Just to “scare him”? Are we in a sandbox or sth? Here people’s lives/health are at stake, god d**it.
        He may be fast. He showed it. But he’s no man.

      • Maiden said on 27th May 2012, 2:57

        Kicked out of the sport for this? No. Kicked out of racing entirely when he failed to slow down under yellow and almost killed a marshall? Yes. He shouldn’t even be where he is now, and if he had less money he wouldn’t be.

  9. Sam B (@sb360) said on 26th May 2012, 12:38

    That does seem awfully lenient, I know its not really comparable but an effective 24 place drop for running out of petrol, vs a 10 place drop for deliberately causing an accident, and (even though the speeds were comparatively low) endangering yourself and others just seems like an odd decision to me. You would have thought that a zero tolerance and heavy penalty approach should be adopted. He must have been deemed guilty of something as he has got a penalty, surely deliberately causing an accident because you are frustrated (for the second time in as many seasons) is about as bad as driving misdemeanour’s get, so why has he got away with what seems to be the standard one size fits all penalty?

  10. IanW said on 26th May 2012, 12:40

    Given the penalty for a slight fuel infringement is to be sent to the back of the grid, how can deliberately ramming another driver (a second offence no less) be a ten place penalty?

    • Tony M (@tango11) said on 26th May 2012, 12:50

      Exactly. clearly highlights the unfair hamilton treatment.

      • IanW said on 26th May 2012, 13:12

        I think it more highlights how totally stupid the rules and penalties in F1 are rather than unfair against Hamilton.

      • Skett (@skett) said on 26th May 2012, 17:33

        Its not though, one is unsportsmanlike behavious, possibly dangerous (don’t get me wrong I’m not claiming he didn’t do anything wrong). The other is CHEATING.

        Mclaren knew from the outset that if he was underfueled he would be disqualified from the session, those are the rules.

    • Highstoned (@highstoned) said on 26th May 2012, 17:47

      I can only agree, it doesn’t make sense with such a lite penalty. Whats worse, deliberatly hitting another car and risking lives or your garage makes a stupid mistake? If Lewis gets put in the back of the field then Pastor should sit this one out. IMHO.

  11. woogle said on 26th May 2012, 12:40

    wonder what would have been done if it was lewis???

  12. west (@west) said on 26th May 2012, 12:40

    Just pathetic they should have sent him home, that kind of thing is unexceptable.

  13. pejte (@pejte) said on 26th May 2012, 12:41

    2nd offence and only a 10 grid penalty? If it was Lewis he would have been banned from the sport for 10 years :))

    • dkpioe said on 26th May 2012, 14:52

      the first offence wasnt so clear cut, hamilton was at equal fault there, – people made there mind up on that one going by with camera reply you looked at, as some replies looked like hamilton was the villain.

      • Nonsense. Hamilton was not at equal fault, hence why he didnt get punished, he was following the circuit as it bends downhill. this is obvious from his onboard footage, it only appears like hes moving right, on a straight, from the camera further down the hill. You can clearly see maldonados trajectory as he swipes hamilton, almost hitting the barrier on the left of the track..

  14. brum55 said on 26th May 2012, 12:42

    I believe that sort of behaviour should be a ‘red card’ offence and he should be banned from the weekend and perhaps another race too. He needs to cut this behavior out especially as he has previous.

    • woogle said on 26th May 2012, 12:44

      ^^^^this and a few race ban its like lashing out in football joey barton comes to mind

  15. Paul Crich (@) said on 26th May 2012, 12:44

    Only 10 places!!!! for something so obviously intentional and dangerous.

    If Hamilton was punished with a 24 place penalty for simply running out of fuel which is not in the least bit dangerous!!! The penalty for this should at least be the same and a heafty fine to boot. Come on stewards the allocation of penalties is a complete farce, time to sort this out for the sake of the sport.

    • Stjuuv (@stjuuv) said on 27th May 2012, 2:05

      It would probably do good to point out that Hamilton did not get a 24 place penalty – he got a disqualification from the session, which was exactly what was written in the rules that would happen in case of such a violation. Had he provisionally “qualified” 23rd instead of 1st, he would have only effectively gotten a 1 place penalty, and had he provisionally qualified last, he would not have been effectively punished at all, besides the removal of his time from the records.
      On the other hand and in the case of Maldonado, the rules obviously state that a penalty is given out at the discretion of the stewards, and unlike in the case of Hamilton, the stewards can actually come to a decision about the penalty as well, rather than just decide whether or not a rule has been broken and a penalty comes automatically.
      Not that I’d like to look for excuses for Maldonado, but I find it a bit stupid to compare this to Hamiltons penalty and its harshness.

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