Vital F1 - Maldonado loses Valencia point
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Maldonado loses Valencia point

Pastor Maldonado has lost his Formula One World Championship point from the European Grand Prix, following a post-race drive through penalty.

The Williams driver quickly caught the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton during the closing stages of Sunday's entertaining race.

Hamilton's tyres and noticeably fallen off the cliff and he had already lost second place to the Lotus of Raikkonen.

In typical Lewis Hamilton style he defended his position with everything he had, despite the total lack of rear grip, but the experience of Raikkonen meant that he just picked his spot and took the position from Hamilton with relative ease.

As we have seen in the past from Venezuelan Maldonado, he doesn't tend to show any patience behind the wheel and when he made his move on Hamilton, the Williams driver didn't intend to wait around.

Hamilton driving the slower car positioned himself perfectly going into the corner and with Maldonado on the outside, Hamilton took the corner and squeezed Maldonado out of the corner. But instead of slowing down, feeding back onto the track behind Hamilton and making a successful move later on the circuit, the Williams driver continued to race, off the track and hit the side of Hamilton's McLaren.

The 2008 Formula One World Champion had not only lost third position, but with his front wheel damaged from hitting the wall he was out of the race.

Maldonado limped home to tenth place with a broken front wing and promptly blamed Hamilton for the incident.

'I tried to pass him, he was struggling too much with the tyres, I was very quick at the end and he tried to put me out of the track. I tried to avoid the contact but I jumped over the kerb because he put me out of the track. Maldonado told Sky Sports before adding: 'So I know why he did that, because he was struggling that much. I think for him it was better to back off a little bit and don't drive that aggressive.'

Hamilton obviously disagreed with the Williams drivers version of events, but in a diplomatic response he refused to blame Maldonado.

'My tyres were gone, I don't know where I would have finished. Over the last lap or so, my tyres just went - it was almost like I had flat tyres at the back.' he said to Autosport Magazine.

'You never let people past, you've got to race for every position you can get.'

'I don't really know what happened, if I'm honest, I went into the corner and I didn't come out.

'It happened so fast, I really do not remember what happened. All I remember is sitting in the wall with only a lap to go.'


After investigating the incident the FIA race stewards at Valencia decided to penalise Maldonado for failing to rejoin the track in a safe manner and he was given a 20-second time penalty which dropped him down from tenth place to twelfth, costing him his world championship point.

Williams however do not lose the point on their constructors standings as team-mate Bruno Senna inherited 10th, with Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo moving up from 12th to 11th.








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 25 2012

Time: 11:00AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Blog: British GP Report (Tuesday July 7 2015)

Records fall for Hamilton (Monday July 6 2015)

2015 - British GP - Race result (Sunday July 5 2015)

Blog: Silverstone Qualifying (Sunday July 5 2015)

2015 - British GP - Qualifying (Saturday July 4 2015)

2015 - British GP - FP3 (Saturday July 4 2015)

2015 - British GP - FP2 (Friday July 3 2015)

2015 - British GP - FP1 (Friday July 3 2015)

Hamilton calls for better trophies (Thursday July 2 2015)

Blog: Silverstone Preview (Wednesday July 1 2015)

Pirelli to request more F1 tests (Tuesday June 30 2015)

New contract for Horner (Monday June 29 2015)

F1 teams are all talk says Todt (Monday June 29 2015)

Formula 1 v Formula E (Monday June 29 2015)

Positive test for McLaren (Friday June 26 2015)

Mosley praise for Ecclestone (Thursday June 25 2015)

Red Bull to sack Horner? (Wednesday June 24 2015)

Angry Mateschitz (Tuesday June 23 2015)

Blog: Austrian GP Report (Sunday June 21 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - Race (Sunday June 21 2015)

Blog: Red Bull Ring Qualifying (Saturday June 20 2015)

Four drivers hit with penalties (Saturday June 20 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - Qualifying (Saturday June 20 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - FP3 (Saturday June 20 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - FP2 (Friday June 19 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - FP1 (Friday June 19 2015)

Italian Grand Prix to alternate? (Thursday June 18 2015)

Will Michelin return to Formula One? (Thursday June 18 2015)

Blog: Red Bull Ring Preview (Wednesday June 17 2015)

Who will win in Austria? (Tuesday June 16 2015)

Hulkenberg wins Le Mans (Monday June 15 2015)

Head knighted (Monday June 15 2015)

Grosjean apology for Stevens (Wednesday June 10 2015)

Renault quit threat very real (Tuesday June 9 2015)

Blog: Canadian GP Report (Tuesday June 9 2015)

2015 - Canada - Race (Sunday June 7 2015)

Blog: Montreal Qualifying (Sunday June 7 2015)

2015 - Canada - Qualifying (Sunday June 7 2015)

2015 - Canada - FP3 (Sunday June 7 2015)

2015 - Canada - FP2 (Friday June 5 2015)

2015 - Canada - FP1 (Friday June 5 2015)

Verstappen under fire (Friday June 5 2015)

Manor Marussia sign Fabio Leimer (Thursday June 4 2015)

Blog: Montreal Preview (Wednesday June 3 2015)

Manor Marussia make key appointments (Wednesday June 3 2015)

Who will in Canada? (Monday June 1 2015)

Extra homework for Kimi (Friday May 29 2015)

Blog: Monaco GP Report (Monday May 25 2015)

2015 - Monaco GP - Race (Sunday May 24 2015)

Blog: Monaco Qualifying (Sunday May 24 2015)

2015 - Monaco GP - Qualifying (Saturday May 23 2015)

2015 - Monaco GP - FP3 (Saturday May 23 2015)

2015 - Monaco GP - FP2 (Thursday May 21 2015)

2015 - Monaco GP - FP1 (Thursday May 21 2015)

Hamilton at home with Mercedes (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Hamilton targets Monaco victory (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Blog: Monaco Preview (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Alonso targets Monaco points (Tuesday May 19 2015)

Who will win in Monaco? (Monday May 18 2015)

Horner spices up his life (Monday May 18 2015)

Button scared of his McLaren Honda (Thursday May 14 2015)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Red5 1055
2. DJ 964
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 583
6. Druss_the_Legend 540
7. Push The Button 455
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 165
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Hamilton's pit-stop at Silverstone
Luck 0%
Judgement 100%