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. chris (@9chris9) said on 26th May 2012, 13:11

    the officials really need to get a grip on this. a deliberate dangerous act should receive a severe reprimand such as disqualification. sent to the back should be the minimum, 10 place drop is a joke and highlights the harsh treatment they dish out to hamilton for drastically less severe infringements.

  2. woogle said on 26th May 2012, 13:14

    looks like hes wreked checo’s race too that was underlying damage that caused that in my opinion

    • mac_user67 said on 26th May 2012, 14:51


    • Aldoid said on 26th May 2012, 15:03


      • Nick.UK (@) said on 26th May 2012, 15:13

        Hardly. The team would not have sent it out on track if they were not happy with it, and why would it break in sector 3 when the kink in the tunnel is the fastest part of the track?

        • Aldoid said on 26th May 2012, 17:44

          Who says the team knew anything about it? Are damaged components on the cars always immediately apparent? The answer to that question can only be an emphatic NO! Plus, maximum speed alone could never be the only determining factor as to why a suspension or steering component that suffered previously undiscovered damage might fail later on. In my opinion, hard braking from high speed (lots of weight transfer going on there) or being aggressive on the kerbs while the suspension is loaded up from turning in under hard braking (both of which happen immediately after exiting the tunnel, mind you… not to mention the fact that both of these things also happen more than a few times over the course of a full lap of Monaco) would do way more to hasten the demise of a damaged bit of front suspension than going through the tunnel. Again, just my opinion.

          • woogle said on 26th May 2012, 20:46

            i dont belive it was suspension i think the steering rack was damaged he was on full lock and went straight on

  3. CNSZU said on 26th May 2012, 13:37

    I don’t understand why everyone is calling for draconian punishment for someone who is driving with his heart. We need more drivers like Maldonado in F1.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 26th May 2012, 13:45

      As long as they’re not potentially putting others at serious risk.

    • Matt (@superf1fan) said on 26th May 2012, 14:01

      Drivers willing to put themselves and the other drivers in serious danger due to their own petty actions? Of course we do!

      • woogle said on 26th May 2012, 14:03

        not to mencion the close proximity and lack of protection for marshals and cameramen/photographers

        • Stjuuv (@stjuuv) said on 27th May 2012, 2:11

          I fail to see how that has anything to do with it. Yes, Maldonado is at fault, but your arguments are completely irrelevant in that perspective. It is up to the track management to guarantee the safety of staff and spectators, and the drivers can not and are not expected to adjust their driving style by considering the proximity of marshals and/or cameramen who are off track. If a crash on the track – deliberate or not – can threaten someone off track then those someones should not be in that position in the first place.

    • davros said on 26th May 2012, 14:21

      Who are you, Maldonado’s mother?

    • Solo (@solo) said on 26th May 2012, 14:42

      Driving your heart out has nothing to do with deliberately crushing your car into another.

    • Aldoid said on 26th May 2012, 15:02

      Driving your heart out is one thing (and personally, I think F1 has many drivers who do that every weekend… Alonso, Hamilton, Kobayashi, Schumi, Kimi, Webber… they all qualify, IMHO. The results aren’t always podiums or points even, but you rarely ever feel like they’ve got out of the car leaving much on the table) but it is a completely different & unacceptable thing to be intentionally causing contact with other drivers even when you feel you’ve got a valid reason to be p’d off. This is the 2nd time Maldonado has done this. It was inexcusable the first time, and I think an example needs to be made of the repeat offender. There should be no question in any of the drivers minds that doing things like that is unacceptable. We can’t blame him for the stewarding inconsistencies though: that blame falls to the FIA, who can’t seem to stick to any serious course of punishment regarding infractions… no consistency with the rulings whatsoever. That’s what I think has a lot of fans everywhere fed up with F1 more than anything else, & is the main reason there are so many conspiracy theories floating around regarding unfair stewarding.

  4. Nathan Bellows (@nathanbellows) said on 26th May 2012, 14:49

    I agree a 10 place grid drop is lenient considering it’s a second offence. But at least, as one might expect, he’s been given a more harsh penalty than he got at Spa last year.

    Maldonado needs to learn how to control himself when things doesn’t go his way. I’m with DC on this one, you simply can’t use your car as a weapon like that when you get ****** off. Totally unacceptable.

    The thing is it’s probably not the last time he’s going to do it either. Clearly it’s not like he gives a crap…

  5. mac_user67 said on 26th May 2012, 14:54

    Did anyone watch the post qualifying interview on sky with Maldonado?

    He tried blaming it on cold tyres and oversteer, I wonder if he lied through his teeth when he rammed Hamilton?

    • Nathan Bellows (@nathanbellows) said on 26th May 2012, 18:39

      He said “It was not on purpose, an accident maybe” Yes Pastor, or maybe it was your temper getting the better of you and smashing into another car which overtook you on a flying lap… what a prat.

  6. BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th May 2012, 14:58

    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.

    • woogle said on 26th May 2012, 20:54

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

  7. brxtr (@broxter) said on 26th May 2012, 14:59

    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.

  8. Girts (@girts) said on 26th May 2012, 16:07

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

    • squarebear47 (@squarebear47) said on 26th May 2012, 17:03

      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.

        • 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.

  9. Calum (@calum) said on 26th May 2012, 16:15

    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?

  10. BBQ2 said on 26th May 2012, 16:20

    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 :-)

  11. Travis (@mcmerctn) said on 26th May 2012, 17:55

    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.

  12. Mads (@mads) said on 26th May 2012, 18:24

    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

  13. maxthecat said on 26th May 2012, 18:29

    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.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th May 2012, 18:38

      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.

      • maxthecat said on 26th May 2012, 18:47

        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.

    • woogle said on 26th May 2012, 21:06

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

  14. Nickpkr said on 26th May 2012, 19:20

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

  15. woogle said on 26th May 2012, 20:59

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

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