by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 161
Pastor Maldonado’s crash-laiden 2012 season continued in Silverstone at the weekend as he was involved in yet another controversial collision, this time with Sauber’s Sergio Perez. After finishing outside the points in 16th place the Venezuelan was later reprimanded by race stewards and fined €10,000. Maldonado had just exited the pits at the beginning of lap 12 when he was challenged by Perez into Brooklands at the end of the DRS zone. Perez braked late around the outside while turning in on Maldonado, but the Williams drivers lost control and slid into the Sauber. Perez had some harsh words for Maldonado after the contact, which had forced him into an immediate retirement. “Pastor is a driver who doesn't respect other drivers. It's just a matter of fact,” he said. “I really hope the stewards can make something because the last three or four races he has done something to [other drivers].” Maldonado insisted that he was simply unlucky however, having braked earlier than normal while under pressure from Perez. “I was completely unlucky this time because I lost the car on the entry of the corner, right on the apex,” he began. “I was coming out of the pits, I even braked before my normal braking point, but the angle I had at the inside of the corner was not enough. I lost the rear a little bit and he was so close.” The stewards spoke to Maldonado and Perez as part of a post-race investigation, but stopped short of handing out a penalty to the Venezuelan. Chief operations engineers Mark Gillan said the team accepted the decision of the stewards. MALDONADO FINED AND REPRIMANDED FOR ‘UNLUCKY’ PEREZ CLASH F1 >>> SILVERSTONE 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: