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Pastor Maldonado Confirms Status as F1’s Laughing Stock in Chinese GP Practice

After acting as a ramp for the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez in Bahrain, Pastor Maldonado could have done with a weekend under the radar at the Chinese Grand Prix. The Venezuelan was handed a triple penalty for the incident with Gutierrez, which included a 10-second stop/go penalty, three penalty points on his superlicense and a five-place grid penalty for Shanghai. The last of those, surely, was to ensure that this weekend would pass without bother for Maldonado, whose Lotus is bound to qualify towards the rear of the field anyway. With just backmarkers around him at the start, and his E22 still troublesome enough to prevent him from challenging the usual midfield runners on pure pace alone, the chances of him getting in on the act of ruinin...

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