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Three yellows turns red: Maldonado has to go back ten places

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P astor Maldonado falls back into his old vices. The Williams driver received a warning during the final practice session for the Brazilian GP because he had passed the scales despite the red light. It is the third warning this year. This automatically results in a penalty transfer by ten starting positions.

Maldonado starts 16th in the GP Brazil. This is good news for Fernando Alonso. The Ferrari driver moves up one place and is only three positions behind his World Cup rival Sebastian Vettel. Starting position seven is also on the clean side.

Rules have been defused since 2006

Maldonado was lucky talk about how he got away with ten starting places. In 2006 Christijan Albers in Shanghai and Nico Rosberg in Indianapolis were transferred to the very end of the field for a similar offense. The reason: a car that was not weighed could potentially have been illegal.

In the meantime the rules have changed. Due to the parc fermé rule, it is no longer possible to make changes to a car during the three knockout rounds in qualification. If the Williams was weighed in Q1 and was correct, then logically he will be so for the rest of the training.

Third warning for Maldonado

Maldonado therefore only received one warning. Like Daniel Ricciardo in Budapest and Mark Webber in Austin. Both had passed the red light in front of the scales, but had noticed their mistake in time and were pushed back onto the FIA ​​platform.

The yellow card had no effect on Webber and Ricciardo. For Maldonado it does. He had already received a warning in China for standing in the way of another driver in qualifying. And at the GP England, because he pushed Sergio Perez off the track.


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