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Penalties for Pastor – but has he got off lightly?

Published 8th July 2012 - Written by Craig Norman
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After all the dust has settled after this afternoon’s British Grand Prix, Williams driver Pastor Maldonado has been handed a $10,000 fine for his collision with Sergio Perez’s Sauberon lap 14. The stewards – headed by Nigel Mansell as guest driver steward – also decided to reprimand the the Venezuelan.

Perez had taken to an outside line to overtake Maldonado, but going into Brooklands the Williams veered wide, and clipped the Sauber. Both left the racetrack, with Maldonado limping round with a puncture and eventually finishing 16th. The Mexican was eliminated on the spot.

Pastor says it wasn’t deliberate. “I think it was unlucky this time because I lost the car on the entry to the corner, right on the apex with the front and then the rear,” he told Autosport.

Photo: Williams/LAT

“It was before I got to the kerb, and it was after I came out of the pits with DRS open. I did the braking on DRS, and I even braked before my normal braking point, and the reason [for the accident is] I think because the angle I had on the inside of the corner was not enough for the tyre conditions.”

As for Sergio, he was less than impressed. “Pastor is a driver who doesn’t respect other drivers. It’s just a matter of fact,” Perez told the BBC. “I was already in front, and if not he should have given me enough space not to crash, but he tried to push me all the way to the outside. I don’t understand the way he is driving.”

Photo: Sauber Motorsport AG

“I really hope the stewards can make something because the last three or four races he has done something to [other drivers].

Were these penalties enough to punish Pastor?

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Craig Norman
Badger GP Editor