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After an astonishing three penalties in one race weekend at Spa, Pastor Maldonado is well on his way to take Lewis Hamilton’s record for most driver penalties in one season.
With 7 driver penalties, not including penalties due to mechanical misfortune, Lewis Hamilton already broke his own 2008-record of 5 driver penalties last year. In 2011, already Pastor Maldonado was a close contender for the record, but with now his 6th driver penalty in twelve races, and eight races left to go, the Columbian is well on his way to take his place in the record lists, albeit surely not how he had imagined how he would be remembered.
And of course, I’ve overlooked the drive-through penalty in Hungary.
Shared record now.
Isn’t it funny just how easy people overlook the fact that Hamilton used to hold that record? I never heard such Hamilton bashing when he was destroying nearly every car on track….
I never heard such Hamilton bashing when he was destroying nearly every car on track
I’ve noticed the same. If anything, people defended Hamilton as ardently as they attack Maldonado.
I suppose that Maldonado’s problem is that he paid for his Williams seat in the first place, and cost Nico Hulkenberg – who was very popular at the time – a seat in 2011. People have been opposed to him ever since.
But the intention and the intensity has not been the same … Most of the time Maldona is clearly the cause. Last year with Massa, it was often a difficult call. And Maldonado is not helping by crashing at off track run
Now if we just count them, they are pretty much the same …
Last year with Massa, it was often a difficult call.
It wasn’t such a difficult decision for the stewards, who penalised Hamilton every time – and rightfully so.
Columbia, Venezuela, what’s in a name :P
They’ve even got basically the same flag.
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Is having a time deleted in qualifying really a penalty in the same sense as the others?
Just wondering… Can anybody find a list of drivers with the most penalties throughout their career? Hamilton and Maldonado must be up there somewhere.
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