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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jj - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 4:57 PM

PM is no different than VP at Lotus. Both are not very good, and just bring in the cash for the team. FW knows how to manage the books and is just taking in PMs $ until he can get a pair of decent drivers. I like RB and would ideally like to seen RB and Sutil at the wheel for 2012, but that doesn't help pay the bills right now. KR would have been a great grab, but that is now gone. The best for Williams at this point IMHO is to resign RB. He is a more proven than Sutil is.

NutBallRacer

December 02, 2011 6:13 PM

For all you fellows who think it is unfair that Frank keeps Maldonado, since the beginning of F1 there have been pay drivers or drivers who "pay" by dint of the funds they drag in for any reason other than talent. I take it Williams runs a rather tightly budgeted ship. He's never wanted to pay much for drivers. He used to be able to make a good car, though. One does have to wonder whether he's going down the tubes the way Tyrrell did - basically a failure or inability to take the risk of spending/investing to improve winning chances, and thus grow the business (ref McLaren). I really don't know, but maybe Frank is doing exactly what he wants. Every business owner has his choice to do that. He is there every year, so far, and we don't hear about any "end". But it's hard to see a team in a sport or business being satisfied with a non-winning behavior - unless winning means something other than the checkered flag.

pitstops3

December 02, 2011 6:37 PM

K,everyone is entitled to their own opinion and being as though Montoya was the last driver to win them a race(back in 2004)then maybe he could well be the exact same driver to win them their next race too.Still don't really know why they ever got rid of The Hulk last year?

hugo the chav - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 6:51 PM

Maldonado was gp2 champion 2010 for all those dementia sufferers. On top of that he brings some money in.
Lovable rubino has had 19 years banging away at this game .
I guess he really likes the job more that any chance of glory.

Nealio - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 7:22 PM

Trying,
I agree with your comment. Williams has a habit of treating drivers like dirt and their penny-pinching has truly proven to be pound foolish! Rubens should tell Frank to pound salt!

Paulplus.com - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 9:26 PM

Look guys first and foremost an F1 team has to be able to pay it's bills otherwise the game is over. So if that requires pay drivers then so be it.

Best of luck to Williams F1.

JOHN - Unregistered

December 03, 2011 12:54 AM

Its good for Williams. Raikkonen would only be looking for all the money whereas Maldonado can do the opposite and bring the money with him. At the end of the day, neither of them will win races - not just yet...

DBL

December 03, 2011 1:58 PM

Maldonado can keep the seat, it won't fit next years car anyway. Perhaps he can put it in his sitting room and use it to watch the racing next year on his TV as he certainly doesn't deserve to be driving in F1.

Schaki - Unregistered

December 04, 2011 12:07 PM

Good to read this. Maldonado have done well enough to justify his seat for a second season with Williams. He has managed to matched Rubens Barrichello. Unfortunately ha have not got many points but that's rather down to the poor car as Barrichello struggled as well. And also bull**** at Monaco where an other driver made his exit when he was up in the points.

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