Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado drove a mature race to win the Spanish Grand Prix
and deliver Sir Frank Williams his best ever birthday present.
Even though it is only Maldonado’s second season in F1, he managed to maintain his composure, despite being placed under immense pressure from Alonso during the final stages of the race.
He gets my vote for “Man of the Race”
Now he needs to carry the momentum forward to the next race which is the
Monaco Grand Prix
A team member had put an insufficient quantity of fuel into the car, thereby resulting in the car having to be stopped on the circuit in order to be able to provide the required amount for sampling purposes
The Stewards determine that this is a breach of Article 6.6.2 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations and the Competitor is accordingly excluded from the results of the Qualifying Session. The Competitor is however allowed to start the race from the back of the grid.
To be relegated from Pole Position to last on the grid is too harsh a punishment.
On the one hand it is a team sport but crucially once the car is on the track it becomes a solo sport. The team prepared Hamiltons car but it was Hamiltons driving that got him to pole.
When considering the punishment for transgressing the rules the stewards would have to balance the punishment which is applied to both the team and the driver.
In this instance I believe the punishment should have been a 2 or 3 position penalty.
Back of the grid is too harsh !!!
At todays Spanish Grand Prix, during his regular grid walk, Martin Brundle asked ” Who do you think will win the race ?”
To which Bernie Ecclestone replied “I think it will be very hard for these guys at the back to pass the guys at the front”