Maldonado penalty promotes Alonso to seventh on the grid

Pastor Maldonado drives his Williams in to parc ferme after Brazilian GP qualiyfing, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012.

Pastor Maldonado drives his Williams in to parc ferme after Brazilian GP qualiyfing

Nov.25 (GP247) A few hours after the cheqeuered flag waved to end qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado was handed a 10-place grid penalty by the FIA stewards after failing to take his Williams to the weigh bridge when called to do so by officials.

Maldonado, who had qualified in sixth, received a reprimand for the incident, but because it was his third reprimand of the 2012 season he was automatically dropped ten places on the Interlagos grid, which promoted championship contender Fernando Alonso to seventh place on the grid – a berth closer to his title rival Sebastian Vettel – and notably to the clean side of the grid.

Provisional grid taking into account Maldonado’s penalty:

No Driver Team Grid
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2
2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 3
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 4
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 5
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 6
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 7
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 8
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 9
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 10
19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 11
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 12
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 13
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 14
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 15
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 16
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 17
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 18
21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 19
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 20
24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 21
25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 22
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 23
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 24