Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Monaco, 2012

Maldonado handed ten-place grid penalty for Perez collision

2012 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. So how many people here believe what Maldonado told the Sky guys

    “I was just asking a bit too much from the car on cold tyres and hit Perez”


    Not sure that fits with the footage, altough with only the one angle we have seen, its hard to definitely say that is just nonsense.

    1. bbc had a onbord with perez but cant find it on intraweb it will be on i player mind you

  2. Ridiculously imbalanced penalty compared to Hamilton’s last week. I don’t understand how the stewards can’t see this is a severe infringement. Top motorsport drivers shouldn’t be allowed to just go purposely driving into other cars without any real penalty.

  3. But what makes people think that it was a deliberate collision? Had Perez previously done something rude to Maldonado?

    1. I have to agree with you here. While I do believe that he deserves the penalty because it was clearly dangerous, I don’t see any evidence for it being intentional. While in Spa last year he seemed to be angry about Hammy cutting him off, Maldonado stood to gain nothing from this contact with Perez. Maldo was the one on a hot lap, so why would he WANT to INTENTIONALLY hit Perez?

      Obviously though, it WAS dangerous driving that was his fault, so he deserves the penalty. But I think its interesting how many people are quick to claim that Maldonado intentionally hit Perez.

        1. That is completly besides the point.

          So what if Perez got in his way? Does that warrant you smashing your car into his? no.

          Its not really something to goto the stewards about because its only Free practice, so what does he do? dish out his own punishment, while hes seeing red. Yep, thats what we need, role models like him.

  4. Was playing Monaco quali on F1 2011 after the real quali and smashed into a Torro Rosso at full speed going up the hill…. 10 place penalty for causing collision. I wonder if 10 place is standard punishment for causing a collision in F1?

  5. LOLz, just re-watched the vid, and who was right behind them? Yeah right! Mr. Hamilton, he was watching the whole thing unfold.

    I hope reporters will not come to the idea of asking him what he thought about the incident….. he may bust-out again like the Ali G. commentary :-)

  6. This looked even worse than the incident @ Spa with Lewis, imo. But I can’t see a reason why he’d deliberately do that, either, because I highly doubt Sergio peed in his popcorn the last time they were at the movies or something. So, that was pretty careless, but despite the incriminating camera angle, it’s really in the gray areas.

  7. It would be great to see a view from it from Maldonardo’s onboard, but it looks like he turns in very very early, and when he knows that there is a car on his inside and its only P3, then why on earth would he turn in that early?
    A 10-grid penalty is a bargin, especially considering what he did to Lewis in Spa last year where he pretty much drove right into Lewis in similar fashion.
    I think, considering his repeated offence that it would only be fair to tell him to go home and stay there for the rest of the weekend.
    F1 drivers who deliberately attack others on track like that does not belong in the sport and I think FIA should write that on the wall with Maldonardo’s blood. Not litterally of cause : D

  8. He has previous, he was involved in an incident in the Renault World Series in 2005, he ignored yellow flags before striking and severely injuring a marshal and was at the time banned from Monaco for LIFE. Not sure what happened to allow him to race again but it shows the man is a hot head and a hot head in F1 is extremely dangerous.

    1. He ended up with as four-race ban in the championship he was racing in. I saw one of the British tabloids (the Mail, I think) ran this story recently and said he had a life ban, without bothering to check that it was changed later.

      1. Because his very rich dad allegedly made it go away but agreeing to look after the Marshall so the story goes. However you look at it he is a danger and a liability on a race track in my opinion. Anyone who saw him race in Formula Renault, GP2 and his attempts to drive into other drivers in F1 would be hard pressed to disagree with that.

    2. any vid ov that i wana see it he seems like he gets a litlle hot under the coller at times

  9. Well divine justice, now Mal starting behind Perez after extra 5 place drop for gearbox change or maybe he can get him again !

  10. talking about stewarding incosistancys why was shumi not punished for this???

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