May 26, 2012
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Maldonado swerved into the side of Perez to cause a deliberate crash
Pastor Maldonado has been docked 10 places on the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The newest F1 race winner caused a deliberate crash in Saturday practice with Sergio Perez.
As Perez moved off the racing line to allow Pastor past, the Williams driver swerved and slammed into the side of the Sauber, causing damage to both cars. Maldonado crashed several corners later.
After a similar incident in Spa last year with Lewis Hamilton, the stewards have again punished Pastor for another needless crash.
This all but certainly rules him out of challenging for the win on Sunday.
May 24, 2012
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Fernando Alonso put his Ferrari on top in Thursday practice 1 today.
The session was red flagged with 10 minutes to go, after Heikki Kovalainen’s engine blew. With the racing line covered in oil, no more running was completed.
Michael Schumacher’s session was cut short, after damaging his car at the exit of the Swimming Pool chicane. He suffered front wing and wheel cap damage.
Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen didn’t set a fast lap at all, the Lotus team opting to adjust the steering on his car.
Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean initially traded fastest laps, but it was a 1:16.265 for Alonso that put him on top.
Times from FP1:
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.265 22
2. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.630 +0.365 17
3. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.711 +0.446 19
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.747 +0.482 12
5. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.760 +0.495 20
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.843 +0.578 19
7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.038 +0.773 21
8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.190 +0.925 13
9. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:17.222 +0.957 14
10. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.261 +0.996 18
11. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:17.413 +1.148 14
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:17.631 +1.366 18
13. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:18.106 +1.841 14
14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:18.209 +1.944 25
15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:18.252 +1.987 28
16. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:18.302 +2.037 16
17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:18.617 +2.352 20
18. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:19.039 +2.774 20
19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:19.341 +3.076 16
20. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:20.838 +4.573 26
21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.895 +4.630 18
22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:21.638 +5.373 9
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:22.423 +6.158 15
24. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault N/A N/A 1
May 13, 2012
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Most of the Williams garage has been completely torched
Early reports have claimed that an explosion has occurred in the Williams garage after the Spanish Grand Prix.
The BBC report that it was caused by a KERS explosion on Pastor Maldonado’s car, which of course sits just below the fuel tank.
The fire was witnessed by both BBC and Sky F1 teams. It is unclear whether there have been any injuries, but at the moment there are several ambulances leaving the scene.
Will be updated as more news comes through.
Here is footage from the BBC:
And from Sky Sports F1:
And more footage from Sky, this time of the fire from the front: