Maldonado most penalised driver in 2012

Maldonado most penalised driver in 2012

28 November 2012 – Pastor Maldonado was the most penalised driver of the 2012 Formula 1 season, with the Williams pilot being punished 14 times. Ranging from grid drops to reprimands, the Venezuelan finished the year five ahead of nearest rival Michael Schumacher.

Sergio Pérez and World Champion Sebastian Vettel are third and fourth in the list, with Charles Pic also featuring near the top due partly to his community service order and time penalty in Singapore. At the lower end of the order, McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton had just two infractions to their respective names.

GPUpdate.net has established that there were a total of 98 penalties across the whole field in 2012, with Fernando Alonso one of only three drivers to escape any form of violation. Marussia's Timo Glock and one race Lotus stand-in Jérôme d'Ambrosio joined the Ferrari driver with the enviable statistic at the end of the campaign.

Full list of penalties in 2012:
Pastor Maldonado - 14
Michael Schumacher - 9
Sergio Pérez - 9
Sebastian Vettel - 8
Charles Pic - 7
Mark Webber - 5
Romain Grosjean - 5
Nico Hülkenberg - 5
Jean-Éric Vergne - 5
Kimi Räikkönen - 4
Kamui Kobayashi - 3
Bruno Senna - 3
Heikki Kovalainen - 3
Vitaly Petrov - 3
Pedro de la Rosa - 3
Lewis Hamilton - 2
Jenson Button - 2
Felipe Massa - 2
Nico Rosberg - 2
Narain Karthikeyan - 2
Paul di Resta - 1
Daniel Ricciardo - 1
Fernando Alonso - 0
Timo Glock - 0
Jérôme d'Ambrosio - 0
Race bans, session exclusions and grid drops are all taken into account, as well as gearbox, engine, drive-through, stop/go, time and community service penalties.

Maldonado lost a total of 38 starting positions in 2012: 1x 3-place grid drop, 1x 5-place grid drop, 2x 10-place grid drop, 2x drive-through, 2x gearbox, 2x reprimand, 2x fine.

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