F1 » Maldonado a 'natural talent', says Michael

Sam Michael: On his first few days of testing in Valencia, I looked a lot at his data and compared it to Rubens and you could see he has a natural talent.

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Rob01 - Unregistered

February 25, 2011 4:20 PM

The Hulk will have a solid year to get monies together. It will be his fault if he doesn't follow the current business model for F1 drivers. I am tired of hearing that all these good drivers not getting rides when they know the formula for getting a ride. I will let them know right now that it will not change next year. So don't complain if you can't draw up enough support for your OWN efforts. Or does he think he is special. He's not.


February 25, 2011 4:33 PM

Clearly Maldonado is a decent driver, he did win GP2. It just so happens he does have massive amounts of financial backing too.

Williams have gambled that Hulkenberg wasn't going to score them many points this year, and Maldanado will score a similar amount of points.

I doubt this though...

kranalif - Unregistered

February 25, 2011 6:48 PM

@Richard: Yes, I would give you that, probably "hate" is not the exact word for it, but skepticism isnt either. lets call it "dislike". Here in the F1 arena, some drivers are hired either because they "bring something" like money or NATIONALITY......or because they are true talents. Mercedes GP wanted to have germans, therefore a Brazilian and a British were out of the equation. How about Alonso bringing "Santander Bank" along? Is he a pay driver too then? wow a pay driver in a Ferrari!!? =P

mick - Unregistered

February 25, 2011 7:13 PM

Why the skepticism afterall Malonado did win GP2. I'm looking forward to seeing him perform - hope he does really well - give the guy a chance to prove himself before putting him down.

Munro - Unregistered

February 26, 2011 4:25 PM

For me the talent should always be the determining factor as to why a driver gets on the grid but unfortunately thats not how things go in such an expensive sport. Money talks at the end of the day and if there is no money available then the team vanishes from the grid.

As a Williams fan I dont care that much if the guy hyas paid his way in as it means Williams are on the grid and racing. If it wasnt for paying drivers and their sponsorship cash we'd be watching no more than 4 or 5 teams race around on a Sunday afternoon. Pay drives are here to stay and we may as well accept it and shut up about it.

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