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. chris said on 6th April 2014, 19:13

    I’m not convinced other drivers would have backed off there either.
    Surely the point of F1 is you stick your neck out and hope the other driver blinks and looses his nerve first just as PM did.
    it could be argued that EG didn’t leave a cars width causing the inevitable impact?

    I’m glad EG is OK, but some of the comments i read here show no consistency and rather depend on who prefers or dislikes certain drivers. I’m no fan of either but have seen other drivers in similar situations that so far have not resulted in collisions, but are not far off.
    Yes PM should have yielded to EG as its likely EG didn’t even see him there but PM was technically ahead going into that corner.

  2. uan (@uan) said on 6th April 2014, 19:16

    I think folks are being too harsh on Maldonado – it was a freak accident that GUT’s car flipped. It may have been wheel to wheel contact that started it all, but I think the low nose was partially to blame.

    Relative to F1, that was a pretty slow speed crash and if GUT’s car was deflected rather than flipped, people would still be calling Maldonado a bone head but not calling for a race ban. Bianchi’s crash on Maldonado last week was just as bad a driver’s error.

    Let’s not forget crashes like Kobayashi in Korea 2012, at the end of Turn 3, taking out Button, or a couple by Schumacher in Singapore, like the one that took out JEV in ’12.

  3. Todfod (@todfod) said on 6th April 2014, 19:27

    When will this guy learn? I’m sure even Venezualans are ashamed of him.

    Luckily for him , money talks. He’s not just cut out for this sport

  4. Gutierrez is to blame… Maldonado had little space left and his tyre were just warming up, and Gutierrez had a weird angle when turning, only thing Maldonado could do to prevent the crash is to come to a complete stop.

    • Oscar (@oscar) said on 6th April 2014, 22:20

      Caution, my tires are warming up! I’ll push until I crash into someone/something, and I’m not to blame!

    • thehoiman said on 7th April 2014, 10:38

      So by your own admission it was possible for Crashtor to avoid the collision.

      Crashtor was joining from the pit lane, it’s up to him to make space, not the other way round.

  5. Michal (@michal2009b) said on 6th April 2014, 23:47

    For me Bianchi didn’t deserved DT penalty, Sutil should leave him more room.

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