F1 » Maldonado: No plans to change

Pastor Maldonado has vowed not to change his aggressive driving style after reflecting on the success it has brought him.

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January 08, 2013 1:39 PM
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my point is I've seen different sites giving different totals.

Schumacher is 2nd highest on 9 but you didn't mention him.

Vettel is 4th in the other two I've see so yall fa or whatever it's called is perhaps wrong. You said he was 2nd.


January 08, 2013 1:42 PM

This websites text area is a joke btw, in 2013 can RTF not be supported...or even HTML!

Pastor Maldonado - 14
Michael Schumacher - 9
Sergio Perez - 9
Sebastian Vettel - 8
Charles Pic - 7
Mark Webber - 5
Romain Grosjean - 5

tomcol - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 2:41 PM

Lets hope he doesnt change too much. Good to see a racer get on with it in these days of corporate control, Otherwise we will have a field full of Rosbergs and Di Restas - No disrespect to either of those 2 but they are most probably held back and have to respect that. Maldonado doesnt care and good for him.


January 08, 2013 2:49 PM

Oh, how this man infuriates me.

He thinks this style has granted him success? REALLY? The only time he has succeeded is when he was gifted pole and didn't have any other cars in front of him to crash off the track! The guy simply can not race with anyone else around him.

Take a look at his 2012 - he finished 15th in the driver standings and that included a 25 point haul. There were no less than SEVEN drivers ahead of him that didn't win a race. That's seven drivers currently on the grid who are a whole lot more consistent than he is. He didn't get a single point for the next NINE races following his win!

If his measure of success is a solitary (and in my opinion, fluke) win and therefore wont change his, ahem, 'style', then he's destined to remain on that single win.

He is the most penalised driver in a single season in F1 history. This is the only F1 list he will ever top.


January 08, 2013 2:55 PM

@tomcol - Rosberg finished the season ninth and di Resta 14th. Both above Maldonado. Tell me again how that is 'good for him (Maldonado)'?

He definitely needs to change his 'style' because he's a menace. He ruins not only his, but other guys races as well. He's a liability and likely to hurt someone before his career is out if Sir Frank can't find an alternative revenue stream.

realistic - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 3:32 PM

If Chavez dies which is a very likely situation i think 2013 is going to be the last year of maldonado in the top flight, PDVSA money will stop and Williams will no longer need this crazy guy behind the wheel

Mark _

January 08, 2013 3:44 PM

It seems to me that Pastor has gotten a bad reputation primarily for his incidents with Hamilton. Let's face it he is not the first one to have multiple run ins with Lewis. Once he got the attention of the FIA his problems mushroomed. In the last part of the season he settled down and showed that he can drive with care. Personally I think that he is much more exciting than most drivers on the grid including many on top teams.

tomcol - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 4:53 PM

1jez if you look back through history a lot of the quick drivers have been involved in incidents throughout their careers due to their determination to beat the competition - Senna, Schumacher, Hamilton, Alonso to name just a few. Give Maldonado another season and he may well calm down a bit (Not too much I hope)and still remain very quick. You cannot deny that hes plenty fast - or would you rather see a bunch of highly paid "chauffeurs" parading round?

JJJ - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 8:41 PM

Think Williams is up for another trying year. I think Maldonado is quite good (if erratic) but I don't see their car making a big step forward in terms of pace (the last time Williams had a good car or a great new innovation on their car seems like ages ago), nor do I see Bottas having a great year and achieving a great points haul (I don't believe the hype).

Probably they'll be somewhere around FI and Sauber again and because everyone now has regulations figured out there probably won't be a fluke win in the beginning of the year to make it all better.

Yak - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 10:04 PM

Mark - It wasn't just a few incidents with Hamilton last year. He continued it this year, bumping off Grosjean (potentially speeding through yellows just prior to it), Perez and Di Resta, off the top of my head. Then before F1 there were also many crashes, including under yellow flags and even red flags. He nearly killed a marshall, earning him a short-lived lifetime ban at Monaco which would have basically ruined any chance at making it in F1. Good thing he has money to sort out such problems.

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