Hefty fines for Maldonado and Kobayashi
8 July 2012 – Both Pastor Maldonado and Kamui Kobayashi have received fines for their discrepancies in Sunday’s British Grand Prix. The Williams driver ran into the Sauber of Sergio Pérez, whereas the second Sauber took down several members of his pit crew.
Maldonado – who drove into Pérez in Monaco practice before being involved in the Lewis Hamilton incident of the European Grand Prix – contacted with Pérez at Brooklands, while the Mexican had attempted the usual passing manoeuvre on the outside line.
As a result of the contact, which took Pérez out of the race, Maldonado is fined 10,000 euros (£8,000) and received an official FIA reprimand from stewards including former World Champion Nigel Mansell.
Kobayashi must pay up the even greater sum of 25,000 euros (£20,000) for out-braking himself and inflicting minor injuries upon several members of his pit crew.