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Maldonado given 5 place grid penalty for Gutierrez collision

As well as a 5 place grid drop, Maldonado also picks up 3 penalty points.
Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6th, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Pastor Maldonado has been given a five place grid penalty and three penalty points for causing a collision with Esteban Gutierrez.

The Lotus driver made contact with Gutierrez at Turn 1 when exiting the pits. The collision resulted in the Sauber being flipped over.

During the race Maldonado was handed a 10 second stop and go penalty. After the race the stewards gave him a five place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix and three penalty points.

"The driver of car 13 caused a collision with car 99 in turn 1." a statement from the stewards read.

Sauber tweeted that Gutierrez was 'ok' and had undergone checks at the medical centre but will go to the local hospital as a precaution.

"According to first checks in the medical center is ok. Precautionary examinations will follow in the local hospital." the tweet read.

Jules Bianchi also picked up penalty points; he picked up two points for causing a collision with Adrian Sutil.

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