F1 » Williams: Maldonado practice incident 'avoidable'

Pastor Maldonado's collision with Sergio Perez on Saturday in Monaco was 'avoidable' according to the Williams team.

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May 30, 2012 12:42 PM

Third in Q2 showed they had the pace for a good grid slot, a moment of over reaction from Pastor cost the team points they would rather have on the scoreboard, the conditions in Canada could mean that they are the ones struggling to escape q2.

Droog - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 12:52 PM

This guy has road rage issues.
Remember Spa and Lulu last year?
Lewis pulled an admittedly "aggressive" pass on Pastor coming out of the Bus Stop and then Pastor purposely drove his car at Lulu in retaliation after the first corner once the flag had dropped.
In Monaco, my conjecture is that he felt "entitled" after winning the last race and pulled this dumb stunt on Perez in response to a perceived lack of respect. There may also have been some inherent rivalry between Mexico and Nicaragua involved..
No place for this in F1 IMHO, people can die or get seriously hurt. It may be a sport, but it's NOT a game.

Stuart - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 1:13 PM

I think having a fiery nature is a good trait within F1. Nice guys finish last n'all.

However it needs to be controlled. This has happened twice now - I hope if he does it again he'll get a three race ban or similar. Needs to grow up.

Dennis Kwok - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 3:05 PM

I don't think the 10 place grid penalty was harsh enough. I mean the guy deliberately uses his car as a battering ram at a fellow driver and not for the first time either. Its not as if they're racing in tin tops - they're racing in open wheeled and open cockpit cars.

Plus, he not only puts fellow drivers at risk, but his actions also jepardises the lives of trackside officials and spectators too. Finally, in using his car as a weapon, it shows a total lack of respect to the team and the amount of time and money which goes into building his machine.

In my opinion, Maldonado should have been banned at least for a race and given a suspended ban for a further three. Behaviour like this has no place in a dangerous sport like motor racing.

Telecat - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 3:15 PM

This "thug" has previous form. At Monaco a couple of years ago he ignored flags and badly injured a Marshall. He has done it previously and also since and his actions against Hamilton and Perez do not bode well for a future in F1.

Ranger - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 3:32 PM

Clearly Pastor Mediocre is a hammerhead. Deliberately ramming an opponent at any level of the sport should result in an immediate lengthy suspension. Motor racing is dangerous enough without having cement-heads like Crashtor running loose.


May 30, 2012 3:53 PM

Agree with the comments above.

Surely the Stewards/FIA must step in and educate this "Racing Driver" in the finer points of not driving into people

"Crashtor Mediocre" Ha! LOL

alanjonesfw07 - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 6:42 PM

Arrogance of a winner. But controlled aggression is needed. Otherwise it would be boring - think of Hamilton, Raikkonen (icy aggression!!) and Kobayashi. Maldonado needs to learn how to control his anger - it isn't NASCAR where they routinely bump each other for getting in each others way. I remember Juan-Pablo Montoya - aggressive, over driving underperforming cars, crashing out but also more controlled with his anger and of course, a winner (despite Ron Dennis' favouritism of Raikkonen). Other aggressive Williams drivers I admire Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg.

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