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GP Week : Issue 159
Williams’ Pastor Maldonado lost the chance of his second podium finish on Sunday after colliding with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the European Grand Prix. The contact came just two laps from the finish and robbed both drivers of crucial world championship points, with the stewards ultimately deeming Maldonado responsible for the accident. Hamilton had been struggling badly with his tyres in the closing laps of the race and had already been forced to relinquish second place to Kimi Raikkonen with three laps to go. He then came under attack from Maldonado into Turn 12 on the following lap, and after being pushed wide the Venezuelan rejoined the track straight into the side of Hamilton’s McLaren. The retirement drops Hamilton to third in the championship standings, 23 points behind Alonso, but the Briton refused to talk about the incident after the race. “We lost some points today – fortunately, however, a couple of other drivers fighting at the front also missed out, so it’s not the end of the world. It just makes things a little bit tougher,” he said. “Today was just a bad day in the office – but that’s motor racing, and I’m already looking for ward to the next grand prix, my home race at Silverstone.” Maldonado, who had taken the chequered flag in 10th place after finishing without a front wing, was given a 20-second penalty by race stewards for the incident, dropping him to 12th in the results. He continued to protest his innocence however. “At the end I passed Lewis and then he came back across. I jumped across the kerb but there was nothing I could do and we made contact,” he said. Maldonado’s penalty promoted team- mate Bruno Senna to 10th place in the race classification. HAMILTON AND MALDONADO RESUME ON-TRACK HOSTILITIES F1 >>> EUROPE 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: