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Maldonado penalised over Hamilton clash 24 Jun 2012

Pastor Maldonado runs into Lewis Hamilton in the battle for third and the Englishman is out of the race on the penultimate lap Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Valencia, Spain, Sunday, 24 June 2012

Williams’ Pastor Maldonado has had 20 seconds added to his race time by the European Grand Prix stewards after colliding with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap in Valencia. As a result of the penalty, Maldonado drops from 10th to 12th in the final classification.

The Venezuelan was penalised for ‘failing to rejoin the track in a safe manner’ after he ran off the circuit while attempting to pass Hamilton for third place. Their subsequent coming together put the Briton into the wall and out of the race.

Maldonado’s penalty promotes team mate Bruno Senna to 10th in the race results, handing the Brazilian a championship point, while Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo moves up from 12th to 11th.

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