F1 » Points return for Maldonado - but did he win on Sunday night?

Pastor Maldonado's first F1 points in ten races coincided with victory for Hugo Chavez in the Venezuelan presidential elections, boosting his hopes of remaining in the top flight.

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Stuart - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 12:15 PM

I think they would have kept Maldonado anyway. Okay so he is a bit of a clown but the race win was an awesome effort that someone like Barrichello could never produce.

As for Senna? Well he's not proved quick enough. It will be terrible hypocrisy if he blames outside forces keeping Maldonado in F1!

Erich Kaufmann - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 2:22 PM

It's clear that Maldonado face during the Japanese GP showed concern ans well as his declarations. His backing from PDVESA was hanging in a slim line but his perspectives now to keep is seat are better. He is a quick pilot but unreliable as Grosjean, I think honestly his chances are purely depending in his backing.


October 08, 2012 2:46 PM
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@Stuart - really? Please... The only reason Williams hired him at all is because they were/are strapped for cash. He fluked that win and the point is proven by his inability to score a single point for the next nine races. Just take a look at how many drivers are ahead of him in the championship who haven't scored a win! Not to mention he has been sanctioned by the stewards more than any other driver this season (in terms of the number of incidents, not severity).

And what a silly comment regarding Barrichello. Rubens has had more wins than Maldonado has had points scoring races. The FW33 was a dog, no-one could have won in that car.

jose - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 8:47 AM

Simple point, Williams needs Maldonado. what the team cannot afford is
the performance of teammate Senna. Not much race pace compared to
Pastor, in my opinion no comparison..
Fact is Maldonado need a faster teammate..

Badman, Jose


October 09, 2012 12:01 PM

@elijah, agree with that, i have had the thought that if Pastor was under a little more pressure from his team mate, he would have taken the time to avoid a lot of the incidents that he has been involved in, Lewis says he is a racer, Maldonado is simply that, along with that, if Lewis wants to enjoy his racing what better place next year than Williams, just look at KR, less sponsor commitments to the team equals more personal sponsor time for the driver, Maldonado's money bag could pay Lewis a nice retainer, and at the moment Pastor has more 'real' F1 winners trophies than Lewis does.

KGBVD - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 7:37 PM

@ 1Jez, what an asinine comment.

RB achieved exactly jack squat in his time at Williams. Not once did someone say: "Hey! look at how surprisingly fast Rubens was!". Meanwhile, Maldondo has raised eyebrows on countless occasions this year owing to his performance (beyond his transgressions).

He is fast, and obviously belongs in F1 beyond his sponsorship (a pro) and his mistakes (a con). His "fluke" win beat all of the championship contenders and his big-named teammate.

He will learn and he will win again.

And Rubens? He has has over a decade in race winner cars (with 0 championships), so comparing his wins to a sophomore's results is not fair at all -- How many drivers in their 2nd year had more than 11 pts finishes? Very, very few.

Get your head out of the sand.


October 11, 2012 7:31 AM

@KGBVD - perhaps my comparison was a little unfair, however I stand by my comment that Maldonado's win was a fluke.

He holds the record for most driving penalties in a season. What makes this even worse is that it is the CURRENT season in which he earned that title. We have five more races to go and nobody in the history of F1 has been penalised more in a season!

How many drivers score a win and then take another 10 races to finish in a scoring position? Very, very few.

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