Maldonado disputes Hungary penalty

© Ubaid Parkar, 31 July 2012
© Charles Coates/LAT Photographic/Williams

Pastor Maldonado questioned the latest penalty that he was handed at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday insisting that he had done nothing wrong.

The Williams driver, who had started eighth, passed Paul di Resta aggressively on lap 47 as the two battled for 12th place, bumping into the Force India and forcing it off the track.

As a result, the stewards handed the Venezuelan a drive-through penalty for causing a collision, which he served on lap 52, further compromising his race as he tried to recover from a poor start.

"I have no idea why I got the penalty this time. It was a good overtaking manoeuvre,” Maldonado was quoted saying by AFP. "There was a small contact, but this is racing. I saw (Kimi) Raikkonen and (Romain) Grosjean (battling for position) and it was more or less the same.

"The contact was so small. He decided to run wide because there was a lot of space off the track. There was nothing big from my point of view,” he insisted reasoning that he lost some grip at the time.

Maldonado eventually finished in 13th place at the Hungaroring, failing to score in the last six races since his win at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

"It cost the possibility of a point, we don't know, but my pace was good,” the 27-year-old said. “We had the pace to fight for P10 as I was quicker than the Force Indias and even (Nico) Rosberg. But with the penalty, the chance was gone."

 

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