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GP Week : Issue 217
Penalties post-race Pastor Maldonado will need to be on his best behaviour following the Malaysian Grand Prix, stewards handing the Venezuelan a three license point penalty after he was found to have driven too quickly behind the safety car. Introduced last season as a response to the two-race ban Romain Grosjean was handed at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix, drivers are allowed to accumulate a total of 12 points on their license in a 12 month period before they're forced to sit a race out. The points awarded to Maldonado in Malaysia takes his total up to eight. Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were also penalised, though for collisions during the race which later the stewards felt were not punished heavily enough at the time. During the race Perez was handed a 10-second penalty when he made contact with Grosjean's Lotus, the Frenchman making a move around the outside of turn 12. Grosjean was pitched into a spin while Perez carried on unhindered only to be given a penalty which he served at his next pit stop. Similarly his Force India teammate Hulkenberg was also handed a 10-second penalty following his part in an incident with Daniil Kvyat (right). Defending from Daniel Ricciardo, both Hulkenberg and Ricciardo ran deep into the first turn, leaving the door open for Kvyat to nip underneath both. Hulkenberg then made a dive for the apex of turn two, driving his car into an ever closing gap and catching Kvyat's rear wheel in the process. For their misdemeanours both Perez and Hulkenberg were given three points on their licenses, bringing Perez's 12-monthly total to three while it was the first such penalty for Hulkenberg. 20 GPWEEK.com // 20 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MALAYSIA PARTNERS: