Pastor Maldonado gets first reprimand of the 2014 season by the stewards for mistake to correctly put his steering wheel back in his car.
The Venezuelan parked his Lotus machine at the end of Q1, but did not put his steering wheel back in. The wrong behaviour may seem to be relative minor, but the stewards do not look too kindly on it.
(FIA) The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director, heard from the driver and team representative and examined video evidence, have considered the following matter, determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the
Penalty referred to.
No / Driver – 13 – Pastor Maldonado
Competitor – Lotus F1 Team
Time – 13:17
Session – Qualifying
Fact – The driver left the car without the steering wheel being in place.
Offence – Breach of Article 30.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.
Decision – Reprimand (This is the drivers 1st reprimand of the current season)
Reason – The Stewards noted that the car was not left in a dangerous position on the track and therefore a reprimand was appropriate.