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Pastor Maldonado has been given a double grid penalty ahead of the Italian Grand Prix on what has been an extremely busy afternoon for the Spa stewards. Two sets of five-place punishments translate to a drop of ten positions on the Monza grid.
The Venezuelan’s first misdemeanour came in the form of a jump start, clearly moving his Williams before the red lights had gone out. Sixth on the grid, he had already been docked three places for holding up Nico Hülkenberg’s Force India in qualifying.
Tagged at the first corner by Sergio Pérez, who in-turn had been struck by Lewis Hamilton and crash instigator Romain Grosjean, Maldonado rejoined the race. He then hit the Marussia of Timo Glock at the restart, thus generating a second penalty.
Maldonado’s punishment is one of several at Spa on Sunday, with the greatest being Grosjean’s ban from Monza for triggering what was a major first-corner crash.
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