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Pastor Maldonado backed as a possible F1 champion by team boss Frank Williams

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Maldonado drove brilliantly all weekend, I'm super pleased for him and for Williams!

However, I don't think he'll ever be champion. This season is hard to read with the tyres being so sensitive. One race Perez looks like a legend. Then it's Rosberg. Now Maldonado. You have to look at their whole careers to get an informed picture (not just their F1 careers). So Frank says Maldonado "is very quick and he does not make mistakes." Really?! In that one race, yes. He has made many mistakes though, last lap of Melbourne is an obvious example.

Most damning is the fact he took 4 years in GP2 to win the title. This guy has been around, he's the same age as Hamilton and 2-3 years older than Vettel.

BTW, I think he deserves to be in F1 on merit but at the moment, he IS a pay driver. Williams let Hulkenberg go because they needed the money. Hopefully Pastor can keep doing well and won't be a pay driver much longer!

mix - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 8:55 PM

Perez and Rosberg are percieved to be in faster cars, so of course its not a surprise to see them on the podium or winning, especially mercedes (with the amount of money being pumped in).
However Williams has been on the downturn, culminating in the tiny points haul, last year.
This years Williams is better but, at best can only be considered a midfield car, on a par with last years TorroRosso. Buemi and Alguerasuari had some good quali and races but did not come 1st.
I have to say, I did not rate Maldonado too highly at first, but he has matured, and yesterdays resistance to 'Nando's pressure on his home turf has impressed.

Josh - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 10:05 PM

"Hopefully Pastor can keep doing well and won't be a pay driver much longer!"

The term 'pay driver' is redundant. EVERY driver in F1 has to have sponsors that will bring money to the team, so generally speaking everyone is a pay driver. Just look at the amount of money Alonso brings to Ferrari with his Santander sponsorship. People just whine and brand people 'pay drivers' when they dislike them. Perez has covered that Sauber in Mexican sponsorship but I don't see anyone complaining about him being a pay driver. Silly, really...

D-Fuct - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 10:10 PM

It's a bit early to lay WDC bets! Much like Nico's win in China, it was a truly brilliant drive but he'll need to repeat it.. This season is a total lottery so far. Lovin' it!

herowassenna - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 10:23 PM

Sorry Josh, you are completely mistaken.
Alonso didn't bring Satander to Ferrari.
Satander approached Ferrari's sponsor, Philip Morris, about buying space on the F1 car as Alonso was signed by Ferrari.
There is only one team in F1 that has not needed sponsorship like the other teams.
Ferrari has had all their sponsorship space bought by Philip Morris, aka Marlboro, who then deal with sponsor requests on the car. Ferrari has sponsor income from Marlboro of around $200-250,000,000 annually.
It was also Marlboro who paid off Kimi because they wanted a winner in the car.
Don't forget, in 2007 Santander signed with Mclaren. Not because Alonso took them there. Otherwise surely, whilst at Renault, they would have been sponsored by Santander and not ING.

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