Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014

Maldonado given three penalties for Gutierrez collision

2014 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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    1. 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.

      1. Aditya (@adityafakhri)
        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.

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

        1. Totally agree

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

    2. 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.

      1. Black flag you mean :-P

      2. 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.

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

    4. It was a BBW issue, no fault of PM

  1. 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?)

    1. I believe it was the nose getting under the floor.

      1. No actually it was the tyre, not the nose.

        1. Yeah after watching again from a different angle, the nose only went under the floor after the car’s first bumped wheels.

      2. wheel on wheel

    2. What I was wondering. Very dangerous.

    3. 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

      1. 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.

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

    5. 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?

      1. 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.

    6. 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.

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

  2. 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…

    1. 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…

    2. 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. 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.

    1. The Webber incident last year was arguably more dangerous, which was why the severe penalty was implemented.

    2. MAL had potential to kill a driver that accepts the risks,that tire had popotential to kill camera guys, pit crew, marshalls that don’t necessarily accept risks like the drivers do.

    3. Well, I think RBR got that one also for having Ricciardo drive around with a wing lodged under the car too Tommy.

      But yeah, could have been 6 points on his licence.

      1. no penalty for the wing, he would of got Black with orange circle flag shown first

    4. Eh… Gutierres left wirhout harm, while the cameraman in Webber’s incident had to be hospitalized.

      That’s because F1 are built to resists crashes like this and protect the drivers.

      For obvious reasons, you can’t protect the pit crew in the same way, which is why the pit rules are that strict now.

      Though I do agree that 5 placer was too little.

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

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

    A little lenient perhaps?

  6. 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?


    1. Nick (@grosjean0817)
      6th April 2014, 18:13

      Ricciardo did not get 10 points in his license, he had a 10 place grid penalty.

      1. Nick (@grosjean0817)
        6th April 2014, 18:14

        On** his license.

      2. ah yes, sorry

    2. Thankfully it was in the middle of the slowest corner though and not actually on the straight. Ricciardo’s had the potential to be more dangerous (ie, Webber,Germany 2013)

  7. I would declare this more fair than not

    1. 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.

      1. GB (@bgp001ruled)
        7th April 2014, 3:41

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

  8. 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.

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

      1. Oh yes, of course it was unsafe, but I believe this was just as bad, so it should have incurred a similar penalty.

        1. surely the same penalty , one was a loose wheel nut the other is a loose nut behind the wheel. LOL

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

  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. 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.

    1. Thing is, he’s not one for introspection. He’s active danger out there and petrodollars keep folks hoping he just just might …

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

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

    1. People in the pit lane aren’t normally fitted with energy-absorbing crash structures

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

  15. Deserved, really.

  16. 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?

    1. Only 3 :(

  17. 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.

    1. 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

    2. 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.

    3. 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

      1. there probably a few million reasons why hes still in F1

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

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

    1. @strontium Have a look at this, I don’t think the low nose caused it

      1. hard to see from that angle, but it looks to me like the nose may have lifted it a little first before coming together with the wheels.

      2. Thanks for the link – hadn’t seen the footage before.

        I would post my opinion on Maldonado, but it would overload the profanity filter.

    2. Thanks to Maldonado to show the vulnerability with these new F1 cars

    3. Lotus should revise nose & give him a caterpillar design…

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