Trio hit with penalty points

Date published: March 29 2015

Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg have all been handed penalty points following the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Maldonado suffered a puncture during a first-corner incident on lap one at Sepang before he retired later in the race due to a brake problem.

However in between he was handed a 10-second penalty for "failing to stay above the required time set by the FIA ECU during the deployment of the Safety Car".

He was later handed three penalty points for the incident and his tally now stands at eight, which leaves him only four short of the 12 points that will automatically result in a one-race ban.

Meanwhile, Force India's Perez was handed a penalty after he sent Maldonado's Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean into a spin at Turn 12 midway through the race.

Although the Mexican was also handed a 10-second penalty, he was given two penalty points post race.

It wasn't a great day for the Force India drivers as Perez's team-mate Hulkenberg also received a 10s penalty and a two penalty points for tagging Daniil Kvyat at Turn 2.

Perez's tally now stands at three while Hulkenberg is on two.