Formula 1

Three strikes from the stewards for Maldonado in Hungary

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Pastor Maldonado felt the Hungarian Grand Prix stewards were very strict after receiving no fewer than three penalties during the race on Sunday, with the Venezuelan driver ultimately finishing down in fourteenth as a result.

The Lotus F1 Team driver was penalised first for causing a collision with the Sahara Force India of Sergio Perez, before further penalties for speeding in the pit lane and overtaking behind the safety car. He also received two points on his Superlicence as a result of his penalties, meaning he now has six on his licence, half of what is required to receive a one-race ban.

“It was tough race and the Stewards were certainly very strict today, very tough on driving with me and many other drivers,” said Maldonado.

“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.”

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