F1 » Maldonado holds on to Williams seat

Undeterred by the loss of Kimi Raikkonen to rival Renault, Williams confirms its first two signings for 2012.

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December 02, 2011 2:57 AM

Maldonado can drive a car quickly from time to time, however I don't rate him as a good racing driver. A good racing driver is more than just occasionally quick - they are calm, level headed and smart. Maldonado is none of these.

His episode at Spa with Hamilton is a classic example. As is his inexplicable behaviour regarding blue flags at Abu Dhabi - what idiot doesn't learn from their first mistake and goes on to get punished for the same thing a second time?

jose - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 3:03 AM

Maldonado Resigned, not surprised as long as the money supply
continues he will have a seat in F1. he is not in the same league as his teammate Rubins. Replacing the old dog will not change anything.
The car is a Turtle. Something new is needed. I still believe that ir Rubins is the best man for the job. 19 years is tons of experience and I'm sure he can give this team the best advice about getting a NEW new car Working. Sir Frank has not come any ware near the top grid positions in something like 1000 years.
JV won the WDC back in the days before Cell Fones..



December 02, 2011 3:37 AM

@Jose - just to throw a spanner into your works, here's a list of teams that achieved a pole position in 2010:
Red Bull Racing

Go figure. :)

I firmly believe that Williams should have hung on to Hulkenberg.

Kranalif - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 4:03 AM

1Jez: Forget about that pole last year. That was one of those moments where a midfield car gets it out of LUCK! Hulkenberg had a disappointing season. If he was so good, he would have been driving already but he is not and is not clear if he is next year.

Same ol same ol - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 4:26 AM

Trying: "A most inconsiderate way to treat a driver and Frank should be ashamed."

I remember Hulkenberg's manager saying last year that he'd never dealt with such a disrespectful and unprofessional team, in regards to how late they left it before telling Nico that he was dropped for the 2011 season. Now they're doing the exact same thing to poor Rubens. Williams are a-holes.


December 02, 2011 7:14 AM
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What a farce this is..

A sad state of affairs, when a clearly better driver (Barrichello) loses out to a clearly inferior (and very inconsistent and not all that quick, I might add) driver just because he has money...

And it was absolutely ridiculous that Williams (or the idiots running it) got rid of the precocious talent of Nico Hulkenberg for this joker Maldonado!

F1 has gone wrong...


December 02, 2011 8:26 AM

Re: the comment about Hulkenburgs pole: There were 2 or 3 cars crossing the line after Hulkenburg, all who you would have expected to be quicker than a Williams. It wasn't the case that Nico was the last to cross the line on a rapidly drying track, but that he was able to drive to the limits of the track in the conditions at the time and those behind him were too conservative or unable to read the conditions.

As for Maldonado, at the begining of the year I commented that he may have been GP2 champion, but it took him 4 goes at it, yet Perez seemed much more the natural but only came second (but in his second season). Now who is being touted as a future Ferrari driver and who is considered to be only there due to money? (Not that Perez isn't very well supported!)

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 9:01 AM

You guys clearly don't run businesses.
My guess is that Williams Articles of Association start with 'Survive and Prosper', and continue with 'carry out business as a formula 1 team blah blah'. The key thing there is 'survive' which isn't (just) about Frank, its about the whole business, including the normal folk like the spanner-jockeys and admin people. If Pastor's loot keeps the old place ticking over for another year, it's a no-brainer. THEN they have to work on the 'Prosper' bit, which in results terms, they are not so clever with I must admit.

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