Maldonado penalty promotes Alonso to seventh

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Interlagos, 2012Pastor Maldonado has been given a ten-place grid penalty after missing the weigh bridge during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Maldonado was given a reprimand for the incident. As this was his third reprimand of the year, he automatically received a ten place grid penalty. He is the first driver to receive a penalty for picking up three reprimands.

Maldonado’s penalty drops him from sixth to sixteenth on the grid. Nico Hulkenberg moves up to sixth in his place.

Significantly from the point of view of the championship, Fernando Alonso will now start from seventh, three places behind championship rival Sebastian Vettel.

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71 comments on Maldonado penalty promotes Alonso to seventh

  1. Kimi4WDC said on 25th November 2012, 8:12

    I’m not sure about the communication Williams had with Stewards during that time. But this is silly.

    A drying track, everyone is busy to follow the track development and no fast times are set. Maldonado was not the fastest out of there and with so little time to go while tracks improves several tenths a lap, bringing him in and by that destroying his qualifying is just wrong by stewards.

    • bcfc2 (@bcfc2) said on 25th November 2012, 15:52

      why carn’t the stewards just tell the team the driver is needed for the weight check while he is on his lap,so when he pits the team can tell the driver.Would save a lot of hassle.

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