F1 » Minardi praises another 'find'

Giancarlo Minardi adds his congratulations to those being heaped on Pator Maldonado, but admits to a tinge of regret too.

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May 15, 2012 12:40 PM
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Minardi test times, Misano 2004.
Christian Albers - Best lap: 1 min 10.800 s
Patrick Freisacher - Best lap: 1 min 11.150s
Pastor Maldonado - Best lap: 1 min 11.330s
Will Power - Best lap: 1 min 11.790s
Will Davidson - Best lap: 1 min 11.900 s
Tiago Montiero - Best lap: 1 min 13.240s
Chanock Nissany - Best lap: 1 min 14.780s
Jeffrey Van Hooydonk - Best lap: 1 min 15.930
Patrick Huisman - Best lap: 1 min 20.420 s

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 15, 2012 3:12 PM

Fisichella, Trulli and Webber are only race winners.The former two Italians are only race winners, they never managed to become serious F1 D.Ch Challengers.Webber is a lot better but he too is getting old without winning a title or at least finishing runner up in any F1 championship. As for Justin Wilson he competed only in F1 2003 season scoring only once (1 point in 2003 U.S GP). Maldonado is young and with his sponsorship he can become a succesful driver but we have to wait and see. Until now the best on discovering talents is Flavio Briatore with names such as Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso under his belt.I am saying this without considering other people(like Paul Stoddart in the case of Alonso), because is Briatore that made them great, and F1 champions with Benetton and Renault.

Buck Bundy - Unregistered

May 15, 2012 3:34 PM

Firestorm - Comparing Justin Wilson's points haul to Alonso's is pretty pointless. Most of the season was in a Minardi - how many points did Alonso score in a Minardi? The 5 races in a Jaguar resulted in 3 retirements, an 8th place, and a 13th agains Webber's 11th. The best Webber had managed was 6th, though when he didn't retire he was a pretty consistent 6th or 7th, and that was in his second full season.

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 15, 2012 6:05 PM

Buck Bundy-The best thing that I remeber about Wilson in 2003 are his excellent starts time to time.And that was because the superb launch control of Minardi PS03. You are right, is pointles speaking about drivers which were racing for Minardi. But both Wilson and Alonso was given a second chance: Wilson to Jaguar and Alonso to Renault. And Alonso demstrated that he deserved this chance.Wilson was fired by Jaguar. At last, comparing Webber with Wilson is ridiciulous. As I said above Webber is a lot better than Wilson, Trulli and Fisichella. In 2003 he was elected by Autosport magazine as the best driver of the season. His performances were far better than his teammates (Wilson and Pizzonia). I have spoken enough about a driver which raced only one season in F1. All I an say: Good luck Maldonado. Wish you many other victories.

mix - Unregistered

May 15, 2012 9:32 PM

Just highlights how, in the past it didn't matter how skilled you were, if in the wrong car. And what makes this years rules great. It allows basic skill to shine.


May 15, 2012 11:55 PM

I'm not sure Wilson was ever given a 'second chance' or even 'fired' by Jaguar. He was drafted into Jaguar from Minardi mid season to replace Pizzonia. At the end of that year (his first season) he lost the drive as Jaguar needed a pay driver and Wilson didn't have the cash (remember his bizzare investment scheme?). In went Christian Klien with Red Bull backing.

The point is, a single season isn't really enough to tell who has it and who doesn't. Maldonado could easily have been written off last year, but his GP2 years tell us he takes a while to get there.

Justin - Unregistered

May 16, 2012 11:55 AM

angelina - What does this story/comments have to do with Vettel. NOTHING - No one was having a go at him - he had not even been mentioned. i would expect you also know that alonso is joint leader of the championship, despite (as many would agree) arguably having a slower car. Perhaps you need another hobby other than sebastian vettel.

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