SILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Williams driver Pastor Maldonado was fined and accused of being ``very dangerous'' for Formula One after ending a rival's race for a second successive grand prix on Sunday.
The Venezuelan was hit with a $12,300 fine and reprimanded by stewards at the British Grand Prix after a collision with Sergio Perez put the Sauber driver out of the race at Silverstone.
Two weeks ago, Maldonado received a 20-second penalty at the European Grand Prix, knocking him out of the points, after crashing into Lewis Hamilton and sending the McLaren star into a wall.
The twin incidents have removed the gloss from Maldonado's first-ever win, at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, with Perez demanding tougher action against him.
``He is a very stupid driver. He ran Hamilton out of the race in Valencia,'' Perez said. ``I don't know why the stewards don't take more action against him. He deserves a big penalty.
``We are risking our lives out there and if they don't do something he will hurt someone. For all the drivers he is very dangerous driver on the circuit.''
In a previous dustup with Perez, Maldonado cut in front of the Mexican driver during qualifying for the Monaco GP in May and incurred a 10-place grid penalty.
Perez was forced to retire Sunday after being sent spinning on lap 12.
``He didn't give me any room,'' Perez said. ``He has no respect for other drivers. It's the way he is driving.''
Maldonado defended his driving style, describing the collision as a ``very disappointing moment.''
``I was on the inside of the corner, so it was mine, Sergio was outside trying to take the position from me,'' Maldonado told the BBC. ``I tried to defend and lost the rear of the car and we bumped tires. It was disappointing.
``It was an unlucky race for me and that is it. Sergio can say what he wants. We are racing, we are trying to do our best. I was trying to defend, he was trying to gain and this is racing.''
Maldonado finished 17th.
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