Maldonado slapped with ten place grid penalty for moment of madness
26 May, 2012
May 26 (Reuters) Pastor Maldonado’s chances of winning two Formula One races in a row suffered a huge setback when he was handed a 10 place grid penalty for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Race stewards, including Williams’ 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell, ruled that the Venezuelan had caused an avoidable collision in final practice when he cut in front of the Sauber of Mexican Sergio Perez.
Maldonado crashed a lap later, smashing into the barriers at the top of the hill in Casino Square and ripping off the right rear wheel as well as half the front wing.
The Venezuelan won the previous Spanish Grand Prix, for his first victory in Formula One and his team’s first in nearly eight years.
Perez, who crashed heavily at the other end of the tunnel during qualifying last year and spent the race Sunday in hospital, was furious and shouted over the radio: “Maldonado was crazy.”
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