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Tue Jun 26, 2012, 09:23 AM

Pastor Maldonado penalised for collision with Lewis Hamilton in European Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado has been given a post-race drive-through penalty for his collision with Lewis Hamilton during the European Grand Prix.

The Venezuelan made contact with the McLaren driver on the final lap when trying to take third place away from the Briton.

Hamilton had to retire from the race while Maldonado went on to finish in 10th position.

The penalty, with 20 seconds added to his final time, drops Maldonado to 12th position, with Williams team-mate Bruno Senna getting the final point.

Maldonado had said after the race that he thought Hamilton was to blame for the accident.

"I don't know why he drove like that," Maldonado said. "He was struggling too much with the tyres. He was completely lost and at that moment I was getting very good pace. He tried a very aggressive move on me."

Revised world Championship standings, round 8:

Drivers: Constructors:
1. Alonso 111 1. Red Bull-Renault 176
2. Webber 91 2. McLaren-Mercedes 137
3. Hamilton 88 3. Lotus-Renault 126
4. Vettel 85 4. Ferrari 122
5. Rosberg 75 5. Mercedes 92
6. Raikkonen 73 6. Sauber-Ferrari 60
7. Grosjean 53 7. Williams-Renault 45
8. Button 49 8. Force India-Mercedes 44
9. Perez 39 9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6
10. Maldonado 29
11. Di Resta 27
12. Kobayashi 21
13. Hulkenberg 17
14. Schumacher 17
15. Senna 16
16. Massa 11
17. Vergne 4
18. Ricciardo 2

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/100705

That stunt cost Lewis critical points he'll need at the end of the season...

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