Grosjean and Maldonado are top ‘crash test dummies’ so far in 2012
17 July, 2012
Jul.17 (GMM) Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are the crash-kings of 2012, according to a reprt in Auto Motor und Sport, which calculated that Lotus driver Grosjean would be ahead of Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship had he kept his nose clean so far.
In Melbourne, he crashed with Williams’ Maldonado; in Malaysia, he had contact with Michael Schumacher, and in Barcelona his rival was Sergio Perez, and at Monaco and Silverstone he came to blows on the first laps.
“In total Grosjean could have 18 more points in his account,” journalist Michael Schmidt concluded.
Venezuelan Maldonado’s botched points deficit is even higher.
In Melbourne he crashed alone, in Malaysia with his Williams teammate Bruno Senna, at Monaco with Pedro de la Rosa, at Valencia with Lewis Hamilton and at Silverstone with Sergio Perez.
Mexican Perez said two weeks ago: “He has no respect for other drivers. I don’t know why the stewards don’t take more action against him.
“We are risking our lives out there and if they don’t do something he will hurt someone.”
AM&S said that Maldonado’s crashing has cost him no fewer than 45 points – many more points than he has actually collected so far in 2012.
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