F1 » Maldonado targets title with Williams


Pastor Maldonado wants to thank Williams for retaining him for 2013 by taking the team back to the top step of the podium as soon as possible.

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Angelina - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:47 PM

He is fast enough to be Redbull's or McLaren's no.2 driver for 2013.

He is very fast, aggressive and good but I don't see him as a future wdc since a younger driver Sebastian Vettel is already more matured and experienced with 3 back to back wdc's to Pastor's 0.

mix - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:49 PM

sorry guys, he has the raw pace in an inferior car. and amazing self belief, a certain Brazilian had that a few decades ago and it didn't take him too long to become a legend. a lot depends on the car they give him, Williams have spent too long out in the cold.

David Chaste - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 2:00 AM

Perhaps he knows something we don't know. Maybe president Chavez has increased his donation amount to Sir Frank Williams' retirement fund.

I remember before the 2010 season Red Bull owner dietrich mateschitz said anything less than the drivers' title was unacceptable. Everyone was wondering why he was putting so much pressure on the team. Little did we know that he had green-lighted the team to spend whatever it needed to develop an unbeatable car. It's been 3 years and the Red Bull still reigns.

David Chaste - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 2:09 AM

This is unrelated but speaking of frequent crashers, Vitaly Petrov actually beat Heikki Kovalainen at Caterham, but Kovalainen is getting a salary. Vitaly finished ahead in more races and also had the best finish of the season (11th in brazil).

At HRT Narain actually beat De La Rosa. Pedro finished ahead in more races, but Narain had the best finish of the year. In the absence of points the best finish of the year determines final placing.

So yeah under dogs can have their days too.

1Jez

November 30, 2012 2:38 AM

@mix - that "amazing self belief" has landed him in more hot water with the stewards than any other driver in Formula 1 history in a single season. He has no chance of winning a title if he carries on with this level of "amazing self belief".

He may be quick, but that matters very little if you drive like you're in NASCAR. Lap times don't earn a WDC, finishing in the points does and that is something Maldonado is just no good at.

There are no more tickets on Maldonado available, because he holds them all himself.

@ghog - I laughed so hard at that I received many a strange look in the office. Gold, sir.

justin - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 9:03 AM

Unlike many others I also see hem as a potential world champion. Yes he is inconsistent, but on his day he is mega quick. Given a good car and cut out the mistakes he would be a serious threat. Put him in a red bull with alonsos consistency and I reckon he would wipe the wunderkind.

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