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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MikeG - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 10:13 AM

Agree with MattF1 on this. F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and should be the 24 best open wheel racers in the world competing for the championship. Now instead we have a few of the best drivers in the world, combined with anybody who can afford a seat. This is a disgrace and a shame for motorsport. My feeling is that, as a team, if you are compromising racing for cash then you don't belong in F1. I would rather have 5 teams that are trying to win than 12 teams that are cruising around just for the fun and glamour or being in F1.

Fel - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 10:20 AM

This is the same Williams that said NO to Ayrton Senna back in '83 after Senna was over 1 second faster then their F1 driver Keke Rosberg because it went against their policies hire a new driver. Time has changed and now Maldonado is "the man!".

hugo the chav - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 11:05 AM

I fell in to the trap of listening to the bbc mugs the last few races. Frank W reminds us maldonado had some strong Q3 results this year. As much as I like rubino it was the logical choice. Hope its sutil in the other seat as he has been battering deresta and deserves it.


December 02, 2011 1:15 PM

@hugo the chav

"as he has been battering deresta"

Complete and utter cobblers, he's had the upper hand in the last few races when he woke up to the fact he was in the shop window but he hasn't "battered" De-Rista (who was a Rookie) as you put it.

I think Sutil is an excellent driver, just your statement isn't true.

Clondikemike - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 1:35 PM

Agree with Taz.
For me the best part of the season its DiResta who has done the battering.
Maldonado has earned another season at Williams and has shown he has the cajones to stand up for himself.
Williams would be silly to do another Hulk with Pastor and the driver pairing here is going to be just as crucial as the need to develop a decent pair.
I personally do not think Sutil or Rubens are an ideal choice for Williams. I still think they should go all out to tempt Hulkenberg back, esp as he has had a year at Findia behind the scenes as such and has gained some valuable experince to go with his undoubted driving talent. Williams need to look forward aggressively now and invest in the future if they are serious about challenging ever again.

Kat - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 1:40 PM

I feel kinda bad for Pastor. He must know what people think about him....but it is pretty clear Williams must realllly need the money.

kranalif - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 2:11 PM

This goes to the Hulky fans:
Rubens outqualified Nico 12 against 6 times. This year Rubens had the upper hand just 10/9. But notice that Maldonado made to Q3 twice and Rubens none.

People really need to let go and stop crying about Hulkenberg.

Almost NOBODY comes to F1 by pure talent nowadays. Everything is a bussiness. It was juicy to bring Schumi. Alonso brought Santander Bank with him, etc etc etc.

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 3:30 PM

The worst record by a Williams driver is Kazuki Nakajima. in 2009. He did not score a single point, and Nico Rosberg had 30 points.

Unless Crash is going by the fact that he finished 10th to get his point and Nakajima did have a few races where he finished in the top 9 but didn't get a point since they only pointed the top 6 back then...

jose - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 3:41 PM

You got to be joking ... a one shot by the Hulk So what !!

@ kranalif..If the driver has the talent I could care little just how
he made his way (legally) to F1..If he has the talent to race in the top 10 ... for me cool..good example, Petrov.
Glade you used the 'almost' word..The exception Lewis
Hamilton, think about that..His talent was recognized long
b4 he could legally drive a car.. Pure Talent and I add Kimi..
and Rubins, Massa, and one old timer from the shumy
age JV.. But F1 is a business ..Just ask Uncle Bernie


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