Lotus F1 drivers halfway to race bans based on penalty points

Lotus Formula 1 drivers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean are halfway to accumulating enough penalty points for a race ban after adding to their tallies in the Hungarian Grand Prix

Lotus F1 drivers halfway to race bans based on penalty points

Drivers who clock up 12 penalty points or more over a 12-month period receive a ban for the following race as part of a system introduced last year, and both Lotus drivers now have six points.

Maldonado picked up two points and a drive-through penalty after the stewards deemed him at fault for a collision with Force India's Sergio Perez.

"It was tough race and the stewards were certainly very strict today, very tough on driving with me and many other drivers," said Maldonado, who finished 14th.

"With Sergio around the outside of me it felt like a racing incident to me; there was nothing intentional in the contact."

Grosjean, who finished seventh, was given two points and a five-second time penalty for an unsafe release.

Three others drivers were also given penalty points after the race.

Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen, who finished a career-best fourth, given three to bring his total to five after the stewards said he did not stay above the required time set by the FIA during the deployment of the safety car.

Lewis Hamilton and Daniil Kvyat were each given their first two points in the current 12-month period.

Mercedes' Hamilton was penalised for his role in the collision with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Kvyat in the other Red Bull picked up his points for leaving the track and gaining an advantage when battling Hamilton.

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