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Maldonado handed double punishment for Gutierrez shunt

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Pastor Maldonado launched Esteban Gutierrez into a terrifying spin through the air © Getty Images

Pastor Maldonado has been handed a double punishment for his collision with Esteban Gutierrez on lap 41 in Bahrain.

Maldonado had just left the pits when he dived down the inside of the Sauber, launching Gutierrez into a terrifying spin which ultimately brought out the safety car. Maldonado served a ten-second stop/go penalty during the race, and has now been slapped with a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix and had three penalty points added to his licence.

Jules Bianchi has also had two penalty points added to his licence for his contact with Adrian Sutil which left them both with punctures in the early stages. This means Bianchi has now collected four penalty points from the opening three races.

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