Maldonado: Stewards were very strict

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado believes that stewards at the Hungarian Grand Prix were 'very strict' as he collected several penalties during the course of the race.

Maldonado was given a drive through penalty for colliding with Sergio Perez at Turn 1 and received another for speeding in the pit lane.

Maldonado was also given a 10 second time drop for overtaking Will Stevens under the Safety Car.

"[It was] quite tough, seems like the stewards today were very strict, tough on driving," he told reporters.

"[They were] not wrong, just different to the past, especially from the beginning of the season they allowed us to race more and was more open to fighting than today, but it was the same for everyone, so [I'm] disappointed for the result, I was struggling a lot at the beginning on Medium tyres, then strategy was working good and we got the penalties."

Maldonado rued a lack of grip while battling with Perez, which led to contact.

"It was clear that it was race contact, he was a little bit unlucky in that he lost a little bit control of his car but [it] was nothing intentional, I was fighting with no grip in my car, he had new tyres on, I was not fighting with him but the contact happened."

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