F1 » Maldonado: Williams close to real breakthrough

Pastor Maldonado: We have all the tools needed to push the top teams

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November 28, 2012 7:06 PM

Pastor is quick but I really question his temperament...especially around certain drivers. His speed is impressive though.

I'm pretty certain they regret not getting Kimi but I'm guessing his style might not sit well at a serious engineering firm.

JJ - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 9:07 PM

I remember watching a documentary on F1 featuring the Williams team and FW said the driver is 25%, tires 25%, engine 25%, and chassis 25%. They just see the driver as as being plugged in and go. Driver input isn't really taken into consideration, at least when that film was made.

LJ - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 12:08 AM

Most of the performance comes from Aero as the engines are locked down and similar performance wise, and their isn't much that can be done mechanically because of the tight regulations.

Probably 5-10% is the driver that we obsess over the most. There are rare exceptions and stand out performances, but you can understand why Williams have a history of treating their drivers like crap and why Karma seems to have bitten back these 10+ years.

joethecopper - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 12:53 AM

I wish Williams all the best. I still remember fondly watching Masell and the FW14B in '92 dominating. What a great era of F1. I sure do miss the howl the 3.5's made. I will NEVER forget the sound (and the goosebumps) as the Ferrari passed by at Phoenix in 91. What a 16th birthday!


November 29, 2012 3:44 AM

"Williams close to real breakthrough"... and then they hired Maldonado. One step forward with the car, then two steps back retaining the driver with the record for most driving penalties in a single season in the history of F1.

What a sad day that sees Maldonado get a drive and the likes of Algersuari, Kobayashi and Barrichello (just to name a few) missing out.

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