Hungarian GP stewards handed out nine penalties during Sunday's race
Seven drivers penalised in all, including three penalties alone for Pastor Maldonado
By Mike Wise
Last Updated: 27/07/15 10:04am
To describe Sunday’s Hungarian GP as frenetic might be an understatement. But if it was difficult to keep up with the action at times then spare a little sympathy for the race stewards.
No fewer than 11 incidents were referred to them for further investigation during the course of 70 eventful laps, with nine penalties handed out in all.
Three of them alone went to Pastor Maldonado, who was banged to rights for overtaking Will Stevens behind the Safety Car, speeding in the pitlane and also colliding with Sergio Perez.
Besides Maldonado, Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton, Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen all received penalty points on their super licences, with Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa handed time penalties.
“It was a tough race and the stewards were certainly very strict today, very tough on driving with me and many other drivers,” said Maldonado, who eventually finished 14th. “I struggled at the start as our strategy was to run with the harder tyres, but then the strategy was working well with the softer tyres until the penalties affected our race.
“With Sergio Perez around the outside of me it felt like a racing incident to me; there was nothing intentional in the contact."
Perez, who later retired his Force India with brake problems, said that “the contact with Pastor compromised my race. I was as cautious around him as I could be and left him plenty of room but unfortunately it wasn't enough”.
Headache for Hungarian GP stewards:
Collision between Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo (no further action)
Collision between Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas (no further action)
Max Verstappen - Speeding behind Safety Car (3 penalty points, 5 in total for the year)
Daniil Kvyat - Leaving the track and gaining an advantage (10 sec time penalty + 2 penalty points)
Pastor Maldonado – Overtaking Will Stevens behind Safety Car (10 sec time penalty)
Pastor Maldonado - Speeding in the pitlane (drive-through penalty)
Pastor Maldonado – Collision with Sergio Perez (drive-through penalty + 2 penalty points, 6 for the year)
Lewis Hamilton - Collision with Daniel Ricciardo (drive-through penalty + 2 penalty points)
Kimi Raikkonen – Speeding in the pitlane (5 sec time penalty)
Romain Grosjean - Unsafe release from pitstop (5 sec time penalty + 2 penalty points, 6 for the year)
Felipe Massa - Out of position on the grid (5 sec time penalty)
Don’t miss the F1 Midweek Report for all the analysis of the Hungarian GP. Reuters' F1 correspondent Alan Baldwin and The Daily Telegraph’s Daniel Johnson join Natalie Pinkham in the studio. Catch it at 8:30pm on Wednesday July 29 on Sky Sports F1.