Maldonado gets two five place grid penalties for Monza
2 September, 2012
Sep.2 (Reuters) Venezuelan Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado will suffer a 10 place penalty on the starting grid for next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix after making a false start and then causing a collision on Sunday.
The Williams driver has collected more sanctions than any other driver this season and started Sunday’s race at Spa with a three-place penalty for impeding Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India in qualifying.
Race stewards said in two statements that they had handed the Venezuelan a five-place sanction for his next race for jumping the start and a further five places for causing a collision during the race, which he failed to finish.
Maldonado explained, “I made a slight mistake at the start because the clutch slipped out of my hands before the red light switched off. We then got caught up in the first corner incident and that compromised our race.”
“I’m disappointed because we could have scored some good points here, but it’s not long until the next race so we’re looking forward now,” he added.
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