Five drivers incur Hungaroring penalty points


The Stewards watching over the Hungarian Grand Prix were busy on Sunday afternoon, with five drivers receiving penalty points for on-track offences at the Hungaroring.

Lotus F1 Team driver Pastor Maldonado, who called the stewards ‘very strict’ following the race, was handed two penalty points for his part in the collision with the Sahara Force India of Sergio Perez, and was lucky to escape further points for speeding in the pit lane and overtaking behind the safety car.

His team-mate Romain Grosjean also received two penalty points for his unsafe release during one of his pit stops, after being released into the path of Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa.

The penalty points awarded to the two Lotus drivers mean both are now on a total of six points, halfway to the twelve that would see an automatic one-race ban enforced.

As well as the Lotus drivers, Max Verstappen was handed three penalty points after to Scuderia Toro Rosso driver failed to stay above the required time set by the FIA during the safety car period. The Dutchman now has five penalty points having earned two for his Monaco crash with Grosjean.

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton was the next driver to receive penalty points, earning his first two for his part in the collision with Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo that earned the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver a drive-through penalty.

The final driver to receive penalty points was Sunday’s runner-up Daniil Kvyat, who earned two for leaving the track and gaining an advantage whilst battling Hamilton for position in his Red Bull.