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

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

    Deserved, really.

  2. 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?

  3. 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 (@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

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

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

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

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

  6. Eoin (@eoin16) said on 6th April 2014, 18:15

    Should have been 6 points in my opinion.

  7. adamx84 said on 6th April 2014, 18:16

    I don’t care how much (dirty) money he brings – he’s a bloody liability and a danger to everyone else.

  8. Jackhammer said on 6th April 2014, 18:16

    Dumb move by pastor…extreamly unneeded to put your nose on the inside at that point.

    I do think goots could have given slightly more room, but it wouldn’t have mattered, there still would have been contact.

    Another hit on on pastors already dismal reputation, but I really think the brakes an these cars are just horrible this year.

  9. trotter said on 6th April 2014, 18:16

    Bianchi? I could swear it was Suttil who drove really unfairly.

  10. Batwing said on 6th April 2014, 18:17

    Fair penalty. Stupid mistake really but he did drive well this race considering. Let’s not try to make the penalty based on the driver than what actually happened since we all know that a lot of people dislike him.

  11. Egorov (@egorov) said on 6th April 2014, 18:18

    That is too harsh for poor Maldonado… Remember there is no smoke without fire

  12. David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 6th April 2014, 18:22

    I’d normally say this was too harsh but since Maldonado is a repeat offender… justified.

  13. Aqib (@aqibqadeer) said on 6th April 2014, 18:24

    I think he got away with it Ricardo’s penalty was harsher for what happened

  14. Beo Wulf said on 6th April 2014, 18:26

    For those who like stats, this means Maldonado has been involved in an incident for every race in 2014. Hope Lotus is finding Maldonado’s oil money worth it!

  15. Niall said on 6th April 2014, 18:26

    Perhaps they should penalise Maldonado in future by adding bumpers around his gokart, eh I mean, F1 car.

    All joking aside, I think a 1-race ban as a minimum should have been served to him.

    Then Lotus can follow tradition and rehire Kovalainen instead of Pic for the next race.

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