Sauber's Kaltenborn 'annoyed' by Maldonado

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Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has criticized Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado for the Venezuelan's intrepid maneuver on Marcus Ericsson which cost the former a five-second stop-go penalty and the latter an unscheduled pit stop.

The pair collided early on when Maldonado hit the back of Ericsson's Sauber  into Turn 1, and while the Lotus driver felt it was all just a 'racing incident', Kaltenborn begged to differ.

"It's very, very annoying that it is once again him," lamented Sauber's team chief.

"Marcus' car was clearly in front of him and he literally just drives into him," she told Autosport.

"What should one say? It's not the first time he has been involved in such an incident.

"Marcus was driving well, having recovered from a mistake at the start when he ran wide, and then Maldonado just dived down the inside and clipped him. It's very frustrating."

In addition to his stop-go sanction, Pastor Maldonado was also earmarked for a penalty point to be added to his superlicence which now totals six penalty points.

Ericsson's race, which he concluded in 16th position, was obviously jeopardised by the Lotus driver's blunder.

" I lost around 30 to 40 seconds and, obviously, the race was then compromised," said the Swede.

" Despite this I had a good pace, but we just lost too much time with what happened."

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