Maldonado, Kobayashi and Vergne penalised, Schumacher not

2012 European Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2012Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi and Jean-Eric Vergne have been handed penalties for their incidents during the European Grand Prix.

But Michael Schumacher was not penalised after being investigated for using DRS while yellow flags where waving. The stewards decided he slowed sufficiently despite having his DRS open.

A 20-second time penalty was imposed on Maldonado for his collision with Lewis Hamilton.

It drops Maldonado to 12th place in the final classification and promotes his team mate Bruno Senna to the final points position.

The stewards also handed out grid penalties to Kobayashi and Vergne. The Sauber driver will lose five places on the grid in Silverstone after clashing with Felipe Massa.

Vergne’s contact with Heikki Kovalainen earned him a ten-place grid penalty for the next race and a ??25,000 fine.

Vergne initially described the collision as “just a racing incident”. He said: “I felt I was ahead and as I started to turn into the corner, we collided and his front wing clipped my rear wheel and there was too much damage to the floor and it was impossible to change the damaged rear wheel so there was no way for me to continue.”

However after the penalty was handed down he Tweeted: “All my apologies to Kovalainen, rookie, not rookie, just my mistake and will learn from it…”

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152 comments on Maldonado, Kobayashi and Vergne penalised, Schumacher not

  1. PJA (@pja) said on 26th June 2012, 18:34

    While I agreed with most of the stewards decisions I was surprised by the penalty for Senna. I thought it was a racing incident but if one driver was to blame it was Kobayashi.

    As for Maldonado I will give him the benefit of the doubt in that it was only a careless move rather than deliberately driving into Hamilton when he rejoined the circuit.

    Hopefully he can stop making mistakes such as this or at least when he does be man enough to admit it was his fault, trying to blame Hamilton saying he ran him off the road when that is something Maldonado has done plenty of times and even employed the tactic in this race.

  2. vho (@) said on 27th June 2012, 3:56

    Maldonado’s move was a rookie mistake. Have a look at Schumi’s overtaking move in the same corner towards the end of the race. He knew the other driver was going to try to outbrake him, so he braked earlier to take the corner shallower (switch-back move(?)) to have better traction out of the second corner of that chichane and ultimately an overtake before the next right turn. Hamilton’s tyres were going off and was likely to run deep into the corner to defend his position – he should’ve known that, but that’s the difference between a rookie and a 7 time WDC.

    • vho (@) said on 27th June 2012, 3:57

      Can’t remember who Schumi overtook – could’ve been one of the Force Indias – will have to look at the replay.

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