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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  1. Keirdre (@keirdre) said on 6th April 2014, 18:08


    • 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.

      • Aditya (@adityafakhri) said on 6th April 2014, 18:21

        don’t agree with your opinion. saw the footage and seemed like the Sauber was giving space after passing the Lotus, as Guti placing his car with quite gap with the apex. in other note, Pastor decided to go deep but unfortunately carried too much speed out the pitlane. Pastor is the one who should back off.

      • Jimbo Hull (@kartingjimbo) said on 6th April 2014, 18:31

        He shouldn’t of put himself in that position full stop. He should of slotted in behind Guitierrez, he had track position.

      • jansen said on 6th April 2014, 18:35

        Clearly you haven’t pay attention on usual racing line on turn 1

    • 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

  2. 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?)

    • JoeToml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 6th April 2014, 18:11

      I believe it was the nose getting under the floor.

    • Strontium (@strontium) said on 6th April 2014, 18:13

      What I was wondering. Very dangerous.

    • GeordiePorker (@geordieporker) said on 6th April 2014, 18:14

      From what I saw it was rear wheel going over front wheel that cause the flip and nothing to do with the nose…although the quality of the video wasn’t great (damn my broadband!) so I stand by to be corrected

      • James G said on 6th April 2014, 18:29

        Malonado was coming in too hot for the corner so he could never properly make the apex. He was coming through at about 30-40 degrees for the apex, where as Guitierrez was practically done with turn 1 and starting his exit. So it was the moment of differing trajectory that caused the wheel-on-wheel contact to flip him.. in my view.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 6th April 2014, 18:50

      On Sky Ant Davidson just showed it was likely the rear wheels @mike-dee, nose didn’t go under the sidepod.

    • graham228221 (@graham228221) said on 6th April 2014, 19:08

      Seemed like might have been a bit of a combination to me.

      Worth considering what could have happened with the old-style noses, this sort of side on impact was the main concern when it was decided to lower them. Maldonado could have jumped up over the top of Gutierrez, possibly making it more dangerous.

      What really worried me was the amount of time before the safety car was called and marshals got to Esteban. It was seemed like a couple of minutes, and he’d extricated himself by then but what if he had been knocked unconscious or sustained a neck injury?

      • gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 7th April 2014, 8:16

        Yes, I have to say I wasn’t sure about EG as well: he seemed to be very very quiet in that car for a long time. I was surprised not to see marshals running to him sooner.

    • Andrei (@crandreico) said on 6th April 2014, 20:52

      Was a wheel on wheel crash. If you watch the post collision you don’t see any damage on Maldonado’s tusks, or Gutierrez’s sidepod or chassis where supposedly Maldonado would hit him with the nose.

    • Tim Ogier said on 6th April 2014, 23:46

      Have Lotus secretly installed a Robot Wars style flipper in their nosecone?!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

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

    A little lenient perhaps?

  7. 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?


  8. 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.

      • GB (@bgp001ruled) said on 7th April 2014, 3:41

        correct me if i am wrong, but he wasnt the first choice for the seat! lotus wated someone else!!!

  9. 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.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th April 2014, 18:13

      It was as dangerous though. First the wheel/unsafe release then having him drive for a lap with his wing lodged under the car.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

  14. 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?

  15. 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

  16. Ryne (@ryne) said on 6th April 2014, 18:11

    Deserved, really.

  17. Ricardo Ferreira (@yes-master) said on 6th April 2014, 18:11

    Very danger move from Maldonado. I have to say I was very worried that it was Grosjean…

    How many points will be given to his license?

  18. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 6th April 2014, 18:11

    Honestly, for what Maldonado actually did, it’s a justified penalty. People are probably overreacting because Gutierrez’s car flipped, but Pastor only went into the corner too hot, it’s not like he deliberately caused the crash.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 6th April 2014, 18:27

      I heard JEV reaction on Canal+ about Maldonando’s move on him that caused his retirement and that was before the collision with Gutierez, JEV said “le grand malade” which means the “big sick”, in this race alone he was involved in a collision with JEV & Gutierez and he also squeezed Vettel and i’m sure he will say that it was a racing incident

    • hrpanjwani said on 6th April 2014, 18:27

      Yes it looked really bad and as a result people are overreacting a bit, particularly because its Maldanado.

      However a 10 place drop with 3 penalty points or a 5 place drop with 4 penalty points would have come off looking better. Also, Maldando really needs to drive with a cooler head.

    • greg-c (@greg-c) said on 6th April 2014, 18:44

      No one in F1 deliberatly crashes !
      It’s just maldonado doesnt seem to think like normal racers . Grosjean grew out of it luckily as i thought his career was over , but pastor doesnt seem to learn . That was never his corner

  19. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 6th April 2014, 18:11

    Not harsh enough. Get this idiot out of an F1 car.

  20. Strontium (@strontium) said on 6th April 2014, 18:12

    Now, here is the question. Would that have happened with a higher nose?

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