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Penalties, penalties, penalties

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27/07/2015

During a thrilling, incident filled, Hungarian Grand Prix, a number of driver were also busy racking up the penalty points.

First off was Romain Grosjean, who, along with a 5s time penalty, was handed 2 penalty points after being released from his pit stop in an unsafe manner. This brings his total up to 6 points for the 12 month period.

New rules introduced in 2014, mean that drivers who accrue 12 penalty points or more in a twelve month period are automatically banned from the next race.

Then there was teammate Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan began his race by colliding with Sergio Perez, thus earning the Lotus driver a drive-through and 2 penalty points.

Shortly after Maldonado was caught speeding in the pitlane and though he received another drive-through there were no penalty points.

The Venezuelan subsequently further blotted his copybook by overtaking Will Stevens before reaching the SC1 line at the end of the safety car period, thereby incurring a 10s penalty but, again, no points.

Whilst Max Verstappen will remember Hungary for his drive to fourth, his best result in a debut season in which he has already surpassed all expectations, he will also remember the 3 penalty points (and drive through) he was hit with after he failed to stay above the required time set by the FIA ECU during the deployment of the safety car.

Thankfully he was not punished for the clash with Valtteri Bottas in T5, the stewards feeling that the youngster took reasonable actions to avoid contact. Nonetheless his current (penalty) points tally is 5.

Lewis Hamilton picked up his first (2) penalty ponts - and a drive-through - for the collision with Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian found not to blame for a later incident involving Nico Rosberg in T1. The German also escaped punishment for the incident.

Daniil Kvyat picked up 2 penalty points - his first ever - and a 10s time penalty for gaining a position after running wide in the late incident involving Hamilton.

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1. Posted by Vinicius, 31/07/2015 6:11

"The best racing direction I've ever seen. Very consistent."

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2. Posted by Silvereagle, 28/07/2015 20:53

"When is the FIA going to instigate
:Go stand in the corner:?"

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3. Posted by Hobgoblin, 28/07/2015 9:47

"Nice to see a bit of consistency here.

Speeding in the pitlane - no penalty points
Unsafe Release - 2 penalty points to the driver, not the pitcrew who are actually at fault
Going too slowly on track (no actual hazard) - 3 penalty points
Overtaking under safety car - no penalty points

oh hang on..."

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4. Posted by Kkiirmki, 27/07/2015 23:34

"I assume the 12 month period would also include any races for next season too, do the drivers carry their penalty points from one season to the next? At this point we're 10 races into the 2015 season with another 9 to go. If you consider that Maldonado doubled (?) his tally in 1 race, and this is highly unlikely to happen again, you would hope, I would doubt this is penalty would cause a driver to miss a GP this season? "

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5. Posted by Tweek, 27/07/2015 18:55

"Maldonado should have been spanked harder. Rank ameatures don't belong at this level, regardless of funding."

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6. Posted by Spindoctor, 27/07/2015 12:46

"Felt the penalty for Hamilton was a bit inconsistent, compared to the Ricciardo\Rosberg clash.
As far as I could see on TV, Hamilton didn't squeeze Ricciardo, he just couldn't turn in properly.
When you overtake around the outside, especially on coldish tyres, surely you need to allow for the person you're overtaking not to be able to make the corner properly?

I rather suspect his brash defence of the various other comings-together reflects a lot of frustration with a slow RBR car, and a bit of insecurity"

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7. Posted by CL, 27/07/2015 10:46

"Now that's better - drivers driving and pushing themselves, their cars and their opponents. "

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