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POLL: Did stewards get Maldonado, Hamilton penalties right?

Vote in our latest F1 poll and have your say now on the ruling made by the stewards following the Pastor Maldonado-Lewis Hamilton spat in Belgium.
Pastor Maldonado and Lewis Hamilton were both punished following their clash today in qualifying for Sunday's F1 2011 Belgian GP, with the former getting a five-place grid penalty, while the latter got a reprimand.

The spat between the two occurred at the end of Q2, when Maldonado appeared to swerve into Hamilton as they exited La Source on the slowing down lap.

Moments earlier the two had banged wheels at the Bus Stop with Lewis squeezing by on his final flying lap.

Hamilton subsequently said it was 'fortunate that neither of us flipped it or had a big, big crash', while Maldonado said it was a 'difficult moment' and he 'didn't know what really happened' [see separate story - click here].

The stewards though later ruled that both drivers were guilty of having caused a collision and were 'involved in an incident as defined by Article 16.1 of the 2011 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations'. However despite that, differing punishments were dealt out.

So what did you think of the ruling? Did the stewards get it right?

Have your say now...

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Related Pictures

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27.08.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
27.08.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 leads Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
27.08.2011- Saturday Practice, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
27.08.2011- Saturday Practice, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams FW33
27.08.2011- Qualifying, Crash, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams FW33
27.08.2011- Qualifying, Crash, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams FW33 retires from the qualifying
25.03.2011- Friday Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams FW33

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Simon - Unregistered

August 27, 2011 9:48 PM

Miker, Admittedly Hamiliton has caused a few crashes whilst trying to overtake others but that's racing. Maldonardo wasnt pushing back or trying to overtake, he wasnt even racing. He deliberately crashed into Hamiliton after crossing the checkered flag. It was pointless and stupid .

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