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Alonso boosted as Maldonado penalised

Ten place grid drop for Pastor Maldonado means Fernando Alonso will start seventh in Brazilian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso has been moved up a place on the grid for the Brazilian Grand Prix after Pastor Maldonado was hit with a ten-place penalty by stewards following qualifying in Sao Paulo.

The Venezuelan had posted the sixth quickest time during the session but missed a weigh check during the second phase of qualifying when he drove past an FIA official calling him onto the scales.

As was the case with Mark Webber in Texas last weekend, Maldonado was handed a reprimand for the incident but he will now take a ten-place grid penalty with the reprimand being his third of the season.

The end result is that Maldonado will now start outside the top ten but crucially, it also moves Alonso up a place on the grid to seventh.

The Spaniard had qualified in eighth place having been unable to match the pace of title rival Sebastian Vettel, who will start the race from fourth on the grid.



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23.11.2012- Free Practice 1, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
23.11.2012- Free Practice 1, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
23.11.2012- Free Practice 1, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
23.11.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.11.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.11.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
23.11.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
23.11.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
23.11.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T

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Kevin - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 8:02 PM

Alonso is easily the luckiest dude in F1. While the two collisions were unfortunate, he's gained far more frequently from oddball failures, DNFs, crash retirements, penalties and team orders. Massa will be ordered to hand him a spot, so he's in 6th before a wheel even rolls on Sunday. Between the junk tires, fakery of DRS and KERS, rules "clarifications", team orders, and Austin silliness... I could not care less who comes out on top in 2012 - it's been fun entertainment, but not real F1 racing any longer. Looks like the stars are aligned to gift the great Fernando his coveted title. What a joke.



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