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GP Week : Issue 118
No injury to Petrov after late-race shunt PASTOR Maldonado was on course for his maiden F1 points finish until crashing into the barriers at Turn 1 on lap 76 while trying to keep Lewis Hamilton behind for sixth place. The Venezuelan drove impressively all weekend, taking eighth place on the grid and looking strong for a points finish throughout the race. “ The final result was not what we wanted but the rest of the race was good,” said a dejected Maldonado. “My pace was strong but after the re- start Hamilton tried a very ambitious manoeuvre at the first corner and that was the end of my race. I’m really disappointed not to come away with any points today.” There was some joy for Williams however, with Rubens Barrichello scoring their first points of the season in ninth place. But with Maldonado having been the stronger of the two drivers all weekend, Williams could well be sitting two places higher in the constructors’ championship. “It was a good result to get some points on the board. It was close to being a lot more but that is the nature of Monte Carlo,” said technical director Sam Michael. “Pastor has driven outstandingly all weekend, so it is a shame that his race ended in the barriers.” Tangle with Hamilton costs Maldonado sixth ViTALy Petrov was taken for precautionary checks in the Princesse Grace Hospital in Monte Carlo following his crash, but the Russian was thankfully given a clean bill of health with no broken bones and just a sore ankle. Petrov crashed at the exit of the first Swimming Pool chicane after touching the back of Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso, having been running seventh at the time. Petrov remained sat in his car after the crash, and emergency crews worked quickly to extract him from the R31 and get him to hospital by ambulance. By this time the race had been red- flagged to give marshals the room and safety to get to work on Petrov’s stricken Renault. News quickly filtered through that he had suffered no serious injuries however, and afterwards Petrov thanked his fans for the support they had shown. “First of all, I would like to thank all my fans for all their well wishes, the medical teams at the circuit, the hospital for their efficient and friendly assistance, and the team for their concern,” Petrov began. “It was quite a big impact and I could not feel my legs very well after the crash. I thought it was best for the medical team to assist with removing me from the car as it was difficult for me to move and my legs were trapped in the cockpit. I did not lose consciousness but I was in quite a lot of pain when I was inside the car. “It is a shame as I made a good start, gaining two places straight away. After my pitstop, I was stuck behind Kamui Kobayashi - who was very slow, and Adrian Sutil – who was defending his position really too aggressively - but I was being cautious as it is very difficult to pass on this track. Then I got caught in the incident. It is a shame, as we could have got quite a few points this weekend.” F1 MONACO 28