F1 » Minardi disappointed with Maldonado penalty

Giancarlo Minardi has suggested Pastor Maldonado didn't need to be penalised for his incident with Paul di Resta in Hungary.

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Calvin _

August 01, 2012 3:04 PM

Disagree completely. If you allow this sort of barge past maneuver then all the drivers are going to try it on. A passing maneuver is one where the driver behind has to pass the driver in front without taking him out or forcing him off the track. Otherwise, why not just get out the weapons and have at it?

JOHN - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 3:24 PM

Its all textbook stuff now, is F1. Also everything's being taken away, good circuits, a driver's right to fight, (it seems if he does fight he gets penalised), BBC coverage, I could go on and on.


August 01, 2012 3:41 PM

It wasn't black and white. Maldonado didn't intend to risk barging into the other car, but he misjudged the available grip and did hit it. It wasn't intentional, or even very aggressive, but it did fail to satisfy the criteria of the rules. There's no need to go over the top and censure him too. The judges would have done that themselves if they thought it appropriate. But Crash.net readers always love to throw the plastic brick at the TV. It's all the exercise some of us ever get.

Kevin - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 4:08 PM

He turned the front wheels toward diResta, this was clear from the in-car camera. This appears to constitute intentional contact, which is what he was penalized for. Not sure I get all the attempts at revisionism, he's the crash king of 2012, period, and needs to knock it off. Besides, this is not the most damaging penalty laid on a driver this season, and while Pastor feels he lost points, he was well off that, penalty or no, regardless of what he's cooked up in the fantasy-land he lives in his own mind.

Bongo - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 4:10 PM

Too right, I can only say although he may have offended look at what LH got off so litely for last season. LH got off with it now this guy has to have a go but they throw the book at him??


August 01, 2012 4:47 PM

@Kevin - "Appears to constitute intentional contact" - well yes, unless you understand that the turn of the wheel was intended to correct an unexpected rear-wheel slide. The reason he was penalised is that he went into the move too close to di Resta, too fast and/or with inadequate grip to cope with the slide, thus causing an accident. It was cock-up rather than conspiracy, and you're not supposed to **** up another driver's ride even unintentionally.

David Chaste - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 5:50 PM

Kimi too should have been penalised then. It was pretty muc the exact same incident.

So was it because one incident was between teammates, or because the other one involved a British driver?

Droog - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 6:01 PM

He has shown that he can be thoughtless and dangerous in multiple incidents this year. The Stewards have a duty to reign him in before he kills or injures someone. If that takes the form of being overly touchy about ANY questionable incident, so be it. This boy needs to get the message somehow and until he starts accepting at least minimal responsibility for some of the more egregious violations the FIA should keep right on hammering him.

David Chaste - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 6:01 PM

Paul DiResta is just the British golden boy. F1 being generally a british run sport the powers that be, want to make sure he makes it. He is being propped up, to be the next great driver, but next year if they're on the same team, Hulkenberg will get the better of him. DiResta is above average a t best.

Let's not forget that the only reason DiResta had to go to DTM before F1 is because Lewis Hamilton out performed him in the McLaren young driver program. So talk of him being better than Lewis are a bit far fetched. Unless maybe he has developed considerably since then.

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