Maldonado penalty promotes Alonso

By Ubaid Parkar, 25 November 2012
© Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic/Williams

Pastor Maldonado was the recipient of a ten-place grid penalty for the Brazilian Grand Prix after he failed to proceed directly to the FIA garage for weighing when signalled to do so after qualifying on Saturday.

The Williams driver had qualified sixth but his third reprimand of the season imposed a grid penalty which will now have the Venezuelan starting 16th. The decision promotes Fernando Alonso by one place with the Ferrari driver now slated to start seventh, three places behind chief championship rival Sebastian Vettel.

Maldonado was reprimanded earlier at the Chinese Grand Prix for blocking the Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen during qualifying and later at the British GP for colliding with the Sauber of Sergio Perez.

This was the 27-year-old’s tenth penalty of the season, two of which were for unscheduled gearbox changes, and the rest were for incidents, notably in Valencia, Monaco, Belgium and Italy.


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