Pastor Maldonado unhappy with 'very strict' Hungary stewards

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Pastor Maldonado labelled the Hungarian Grand Prix stewards "very strict" after he got penalised for three separate incidents in one race.

Maldonado's first transgression at the Hungaroring was when he clattered into the side of Sergio Perez, pitching the Force India into a spin and earning himself a drive-through penalty. Before the race was over he had been hit with another drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane and a ten-second penalty for overtaking car No.28, Will Stevens, under the safety car.

Maldonado finished down in 14th after his error-strewn race and thought the stewards had been "very tough" on his driving.

"It was tough race and the stewards were certainly very strict today, very tough on driving with me and many other drivers," Maldonado said. "I struggled at the start as our strategy was to run with the harder tyres, but then the strategy was working well with the softer tyres until the penalties affected our race. With Sergio Perez around the outside of me it felt like a racing incident to me; there was nothing intentional in the contact."

To add insult to injury, Maldonado's clash with Perez also saw him hit with two penalty points on his super licence - bringing his 12-month tally to six. Drivers are automatically banned for one race if they reach 12 points during a rolling 12-month period.

Maldonado was one of five drivers, including reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, to receive penalty points after the race.