Both Pastor Maldonado and Kamui Kobayashi were hit with post-race fines by the FIA Stewards for indiscretions during Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Maldonado – who was penalised for a collision with Lewis Hamilton at the previous Grand Prix at Valencia – was at it again at Silverstone, this time taking out Sauber driver Sergio Pérez at Brooklands when the Mexican attempted to pass the Williams driver around the outside of the left-hander.
Maldonado appeared to momentarily lose control at the apex or the corner and slid into the side of Pérez’s Sauber, which tipped both into a synchronised spin into the run-off. While Maldonado was able to rejoin a finished a lapped sixteenth, a furious Pérez was out on the spot.
It wasn’t the first time that the pair had made contact. Maldonado was found at-fault in a practice collision between the pair during the Monaco Grand Prix.
Speaking before the pair was summoned to the FIA Stewards office post-race, Pérez lashed out and claimed that Maldonado should be taught a lesson by the FIA because he was a danger to other competitors.
“Pastor is a driver who doesn’t respect other drivers. It’s just a matter of fact,” Pérez told the BBC. “I was already in front, and if not he should have given me enough space not to crash, but he tried to push me all the way to the outside. I don’t understand the way he is driving.
“I really hope the stewards can make something because the last three or four races he has done something to [other drivers].
“It is not the first time he has damaged my weekend. He did the same [to Hamilton] in Valencia, and they gave him a drive-through, which I think is not enough. This guy will never learn if they don’t do something, because he is a very dangerous driver and he can hurt someone.”
Perhaps the FIA Stewards listened, for the panel – which included former 1992 World Champion and former Williams driver Nigel Mansell – hit the Venezuelan with a €10,000 fine and a reprimand. Curiously, he was not hit with a result-based penalty for this race, or a grid penalty for the following Grand Prix in Germany.
Meanwhile, Pérez’s Sauber team-mate Kamui Kobayashi is some €25,000 lighter after he was fined for running over several of his mechanics during his second pit stop.
Coming in for his second tyre change, the Japanese driver outbraked himself on the approach to his pit bay and ploughed into several of the mechanics awaiting to service the right-hand side of his car.
All of the mechanics hit were checked out circuit medics and deemed not to have suffered any major injuries.