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Collision Course: Maldonado and Hamilton

The both drivers have had previous encounters, but none of them as relevant as the last one at the European GP that cost them both the race. What's going on between these two?
Lunes, Julio 2, 2012

Surendhar was born in India, and as an avid follower of the greatest sport on earth he dreams of pursuing career in it. He blogs at surensennaf1.

July 2nd, 2012 (F1plus / Surendhar).- One of the biggest talking points after the European GP was the ruthless crash from Maldonado on Lewis Hamilton. Though Lewis couldn’t have won it, he was fighting to stay alive, at least to finish in top 5 which would’ve done a lot concerning the championship hunt.

No denying Pastor was driving well until that point when he looked to seize his second podium while driving fourth behind the dancing Mclaren. Hamilton retaliated and kept his line through the corner after the DRS zone but Maldonado went off the track before coming back to nudge the side of Hamilton’s car.

He rather should’ve taken the runoff area but instead steered straight into Lewis after clouting the kerb. He blamed Hamilton for aggressive driving on worn-out rubber; surely deep inside he knew Hamilton won’t give up so easily. Consequently, he was dropped off from points after 20s taken off from his ultimate time.

At end of day, Lewis was the biggest loser for doing nothing all the same. Weirdly, this wasn’t the first time they approached stewards together. Looking back, Spa 2011 would flash on our mind; Maldonado swerved across chipping the front wing off of Lewis at the exit of La Source. He was penalised but showed no remorse after doing that. He was on the sinking end when the incident repeated in this year’s Monaco race with Sergio Perez which earned him a 10 place grid penalty.

Before Spa, they lightened up in Monaco. Yeah Monaco, that easily could’ve been the race of season if the rain not interrupted. Hugely frustrated Hamilton incurred his third penalty of the day after nudging Pastor of what could’ve been their best position in sixth the whole year. On the on-board or any race footage it’s apparent that he tried to back off but it was too late on the unyielding Maldonado.

In the days before stepping foot into F1, Maldonado had bitter moments in his ladder racing career. He hates Monaco’s turn 1, St. Devote, I suppose, he crashed many times there. In 2005 he was banned for four World Series Renault races as he drove fast under yellow flags and injured one of the marshals in Monaco after hitting the stricken car. He crashed under red flags in Spa once dramatically in 2006.

Maldonado was praised for putting his wildness behind as he went from pole to victory at Barcelona. But now it looks as if though he can’t control his outcome. His rashness is not good for sport as many of fans believe and amidst winning thrice in Monaco before in GP2 and Renault World Series, the Venezuelan is now facing the hatred side of Formula One.

Hamilton and Maldonado just before their collision at Valencia (Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Hamilton and Maldonado just before their collision at Valencia (Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

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