No less than five drivers – a quarter of the grid – were handed penalty points to their FIA Super Licenses after Sunday’s incident-filled Hungarian Grand Prix, which was won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Headlining those punished after the race was reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who was handed two penalty points stemming from his collision with Daniel Ricciardo as the pair disputed fourth place at Turn 1. The punishment was in addition to the pit lane drive-through penalty he was given by the FIA Stewards’ panel for the incident.

Daniil Kvyat’s maiden podium finish was slightly soured by the Russian getting his first penalty points. The Red Bull Racing driver was handed two points, in addition to his 10-second time penalty, for overtaking Hamilton while both were off-track.

It was the first time that either driver has been awarded penalty points across the rolling twelve-month period for which they apply. Should a driver collect 12 penalty points in a 12-month period, they will be banned for one race.

Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen, who finished a career-best fourth in Sunday’s race, was handed three penalty points for failing to stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU when following the Safety Car.

Lotus duo Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean were also sanctioned after the race, with both drivers increasing their total to six penalty points.

The latter was handed a two-point hit for an unsafe pit release into the path of Williams’ Felipe Massa during the pair’s first pit stops. Grosjean was released slightly behind the Brazilian, but his failure to yield and slot in behind his fellow Mercedes-powered runner down the Hungaroring’s narrow pit lane was deemed a safety risk.

Maldonado’s penalty was hardly a surprise after a truly sloppy display of driving over the 69-lap race. Formula 1’s enfant terrible was issued no less than three separate penalties during the race; his first was for punting the Force India Sergio Pérez into a spin at Turn 1.

Pastor Maldonado punts Sergio Perez, 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado earned the first of a record-breaking three penalties by punting Sergio Pérez at Turn 1. Predictably, he claimed he was innocent and blamed the FIA Stewards for being ‘too strict’…

Incredibly, he copped a pit lane speeding penalty while serving the drive-through penalty for the Pérez incident, and then compounded his woes by overtaking another car before the Safety Car line when the race was being restarted. He was given a 10-second post-race time penalty for that infraction.

Images via Sutton Motorsport Images and Telesport Hungary

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