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Pastor Maldonado given 10-place grid penalty after FP3 incident

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Monaco 2012Pastor Maldonado has been given a 10-place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The punishment is for colliding with Sergio Perez in the closing stages of final practice at Monaco - a breach of Article 16.1 of the FIA's Sporting Code.

The Spanish Grand Prix winner caused the session to be red-flagged when he crashed at Casino Square, having made contact with the Sauber driver on his previous lap at Portier.

Perez appeared to move off line and slow down visibly to allow the Venezuelan past between the corner after the Loews Hairpin and Portier, but Maldonado turned across the Sauber driver on the entrance to the right hander ahead of the tunnel.

Maldonado was penalised during last year's Belgian Grand Prix for a similar incident with Lewis Hamilton.

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg was also reprimanded after the session for impeding Perez at the final corner during free practice 3.

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