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Maldonado hit with grid penalty

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Pastor Maldonado hit Sergio Perez before crashing out later in the session © Sutton Images
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Pastor Maldonado has been given a ten-place grid penalty for hitting Sergio Perez during FP3.

Perez had moved over to the inside of the track on the approach to Portier to allow Maldonado through when the Williams turned across and made contact with the front of the Sauber. The incident occurred long before the apex of the corner and the stewards have ruled that the Maldonado caused the collision.

Maldonado has previous history of a similar incident. He was penalised for driving into Lewis Hamilton at the end of qualifying in Belgium last year having been incensed at Hamilton barging his way past when on a flying lap.

The penalty will be applied at the end of the session, with Maldonado already struggling to get out in time for Q1 having crashed at Casino Square following the Perez incident.

Nico Hulkenberg was also investigated after Perez came close to colliding with the back of the Force India before the start of a new lap. No contact was made, but the stewards did rule that Hulkenberg impeded Perez and reprimanded him as a result.

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