Double grid slot penalty for Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado has been handed two ten-place grid slot penalties at the Italian Grand Prix after two separate incidents during the Belgian Grand Prix.

Maldonado’s first five place grid slot penalty is for jumping the start of the race at Spa-Francorchamps. Ordinarily, Maldonado would have been given a drive-through penalty during the race however because he retired early the stewards were unable to impose this penalty and therefore gave him a grid slot penalty for the Italian Grand Prix instead.

“The driver failed to finish the race so the usual penalty for a false start could not be imposed,” said an official statement.

Maldonado has also been given a penalty for his clash with Timo Glock. Although Glock was able to continue in the race, the Belgian race stewards decided that Maldonado’s actions deserved a five-place grid slot penalty.