Date: 2nd September 2012 at 5:57pm
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Maldonado has received an unprecedented hat-trick of penalties over the course of the Belgian race weekend.

The Belgian race stewards decided to imposed a three-place grid penalty for blocking Nico Hulkenberg during Q1 on Saturday and the haphazard Venezuelan collected his second and third penalties on Sunday after the race stewards investigated two incidents that the Williams driver was involved in during the opening five laps of the race.

In one of the most clear-cut decisions of the season, Maldonado jumped the lights at the start of the race and was almost clear of the two cars in front of him before the final red light went out.

The race stewards opted to give Maldonado a five-place grid penalty for this incident.

Then Maldonado collided with the Marussia of Timo Glock on lap five which forced Pastor to retire, again the race stewards decided that this was an avoidable incident and handed him a second five-place grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix, which will leave him with a ten-place demotion next week.