Maldonado given five place grid penalty; Hamilton reprimanded

Pastor Maldonado has received a five place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix after his incident with Lewis Hamilton during qualifying.

Hamilton was attempting to complete a flying lap when Maldonado looked to jink towards him. Light contact was made between the two cars with it initially looking like Maldonado had made the move on purpose.

Stewards deemed Maldonado to be at fault for the incident and docked him five places on the grid for the race meaning he will start in 21st position.

Hamilton was given a reprimand but no penalty.

Stewards said that both drivers were guilty of “causing a collision” and were punished under article 16.1 of the regulations.

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