I am marshall in Monaco
First of all, I like to report that my colleague is now ok and he's marshalling again.
He had injuries in his ankle and legs, but then he recovered.
The Automobile Club of Monaco DID ban Maldonado for life from the circuit.
It's not a urban legend. It happened really.
Shortly after the ban, mr. Hugo Chavez, close friend of Pastor, put pressure on Monaco authorities to withdraw this penalty, converting it into a huge monetary fine.
That's it, once again politics won on motorsports.
I just found this tidbit.
Autosport-Atlas wrote:No Monaco Ban for Maldonado
By Biranit Goren Saturday, 21 May 2005 17:52
Further to a prior report published on Autosport-Atlas, we wish to clarify that RDD driver Pastor Maldonado was not banned for life from competing in Monaco.
Maldonado was penalised by the World Series by Renault race stewards and will serve a ban of nine races in total, including tomorrow's race at Monaco. No further action was taken against him.
Looks like it wasn't a lifetime ban after all.
Further digging finds that he was never banned for life it was mistake by autosport, but since Autosport acts like a Motorsport Reuters or Associated Press where lesser publications just take their reporting without fact checking it, that 'fact' gained a lot of traction.
Maldonado actually was the Monaco victor in 2009 if you want further proof.