Maldonado penalised after Spa qualifying for blocking incident

1 September, 2012

Pastor Maldonado speaks at the post qualifying press conference Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday 1 September 2012.

Pastor Maldonado speaks at the post qualifying press conference

Sep.1 (GP247) Incident prone Williams driver Pastor Maldonado was found guilty of blocking German rival Nico Hulkenberg during qualifying for the Belgian GP and demoted from third place on the grid to sixth.

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday 1 September 2012.The Venezuelan driver, whose notoriety grows with just about every race, baulked Force India driver Hulkenberg during the Q1 session in qualifying.

The stewards decision lifted Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen up to third behind pole sitting winner Jenson Button of McLaren and Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi.

Speaking to the media immediately after qualifying, Maldonado declared that his qualifying result was a sign that Williams would enjoy a stronger showing in the second half of the 2012 season.

Maldonado has now had five grid penalties this season and was accused by Perez of “not respecting other drivers” after being fined and reprimanded for causing a collision at Silverstone in July.

A winner in Barcelona in May, he then collected three grid penalties in two races – including a 10-place drop for colliding with Perez in Monaco final practice and needing an unscheduled gearbox change that cost five more places.

In Valencia he was given a time penalty for another collision with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton that cost Williams a precious point. He was also handed a five-place grid penalty in Canada for a gearbox change.

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  • McLaren Fan

    The stewards have dropped him to sixth.
    What a dangerous place to have Pastor Maldonado.have the stewards forgotten there are no spare cars for the race

  • Alemar

    I think he should have been dropped at least to 10th, hes too dangerous to be starting in 10 first spots. If he wants to crash, ram, or whatever nascar movement he wants, let him do it in the 24th place for the rest of the season. Then kick him to nascar next to montoya.

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    I think the stewards shouldn’t allow him to race…

  • McLaren Fan

    I see him being warned big time!
    The stewards must realize the stress they have put us fans under by placing him in sixth.
    I just hope he doesn’t cause carnage at the first corner.
    But the more I thought about it the worse nightmares I had last night, lets hope his brain is in gear, a rare thing I know but in F1 anything can happen.

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