Maldonado given three penalties for Gutierrez collision

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Pastor Maldonado has been penalised three times for his collision with Esteban Gutierrez during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Maldonado had just left the pits when he hit the Sauber driver, flipping Gutierrez over and forcing him out of the race.

The stewards gave Maldonado a ten second stop-go penalty during the race and two further penalties.

Maldonado will also take a five-place grid penalty for the next race in China. And he has had three penalty points added to his licence.

The stewards also handed two more penalty points to Jules Bianchi for his contact with Adrian Sutil during the race, giving him a total of four for the season so far.

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112 comments on Maldonado given three penalties for Gutierrez collision

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    • OOliver said on 6th April 2014, 18:14

      But most drivers seeing another car exiting the pit lane would have given more room which Gutierrez didn’t do, so he should take part of the blame. We only say this because it is Maldonado.

    • DC (@dujedcv) said on 6th April 2014, 18:24

      Actually, i think it is too little. He should either be given a one race ban or should have been given a red flag, all because of his previous record.

      • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 6th April 2014, 18:26

        Black flag you mean :-P

      • Tiago Sá said on 6th April 2014, 20:14

        He should be banned from F1, to be honest. He just rammed the Sauber, pure and simple. Gutierrez gave him space, as he was required to do, but Maldonado (which roughly translates from Spanish as “Evil Out of Nowhere”) just rammed him, he was never gonna avoid him with his “racing” (more like ramming) line, and to top it all off, he hit him in the back, which we all know means he was at fault.

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 6th April 2014, 19:28

      Not good enough . Should have been black flagged or 6 points off the license .

    • Egorov (@egorov) said on 6th April 2014, 20:54

      It was a BBW issue, no fault of PM

  1. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 6th April 2014, 18:09

    Justified. It was a very stupid move.

    Plus it does show that low noses are not the end to it all in terms of safety. (Or was he flipped up through contact at the wheels somehow?)

  2. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 6th April 2014, 18:09

    I’m usually one to rush to the support of drivers like Maldonado, Grosjean and Vettel. But I watched that crash and found myself to be quite shocked. However, I’m not sure what the stewards were aiming at with this category of penalty. I’d have given him more points on his license (5?) rather than a grid-drop…

    • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 6th April 2014, 18:59

      I like how Bianchi has more points for 2 contacts than Maldonado for flipping a car over, and a lot of previous misdemeanours. Bianchi’s first contact was also caused by a puncture given to him by Vergne…

    • barthes said on 6th April 2014, 20:05

      I don’t get why you name Vettel in the same line as Maldonado and Grosjean……..
      It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

  3. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 6th April 2014, 18:09

    So if your team doesn’t attach your wheel you get a 10 place grid penalty but if you almost kill another driver you get 5. Logic.

  4. Strontium (@strontium) said on 6th April 2014, 18:09

    He should have been disqualified in my view. It was scary.

  5. Matt (@superf1fan) said on 6th April 2014, 18:09

    A little lenient perhaps?

  6. robbiepblake (@driftin) said on 6th April 2014, 18:09

    How does Ricciardo get 10 points through no fault of his own but Maldonado gets half that for flipping a car upside down at the end of a high speed straight?


  7. Barry Miller (@bmk1586) said on 6th April 2014, 18:09

    I would declare this more fair than not

    • lou said on 6th April 2014, 19:01

      Agree, I am not a PM fan at all, although it was a stupid move the penalties received were more than fair.

      I am not too sure if he would be gracing our screens without the additional support he brings to Lotus.

  8. reiter (@reiter) said on 6th April 2014, 18:09

    Given what he did to Gutiérrez, it seems like they went easy on him. Ricciardo got twice the penalty on Malaysia for something that wasn’t even his mistake, but Maldonado could have seriously hurt Gutiérrez with that somersault.

  9. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 6th April 2014, 18:10

    My answer for question #12 of this article has just increased its odds significantly of being right.

  10. TMF (@tmf42) said on 6th April 2014, 18:10

    While I think the stewards are going over board with penalties this year – MAL is the exception and he deserves every punishment they could give him.

  11. BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th April 2014, 18:10

    Maybe 3 points is a bit low for this, but on the other hand he did drop out of a points position with his stop and go, and he does get a grid drop too. I just hope he finally takes a look at himself.

  12. ogamii (@ogamii) said on 6th April 2014, 18:10

    I can’t wait until he is out of F1, he is an idiot.

  13. sam11333 (@sam11333) said on 6th April 2014, 18:10

    So Ricciardo gets a ten place drop for a pit stop, Maldonado only five for a very dangerous crash, hows that fair?

  14. Obi-Spa Kenobi (@obi-spa-kenobi) said on 6th April 2014, 18:11

    Well it seems a change of teams hasn’t changed his reputation

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