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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Yak - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 10:08 PM

I certainly don't have a problem with guys racing hard, but when you're putting the other guys at risk, as well as running flags and whatnot... that's another story. Raikkonen is one of the best examples out there at the moment of how to race hard without being a lunatic like Maldonado. Raikkonen'll go side to side with someone through a sequence of corners to finally come out in front. Maldonado loses the back end on entry and breaks the other guy's suspension to come out in front. Brilliant.

Mark _

January 08, 2013 10:23 PM

@Yak - You have some valid points. He would not be the first to ignore yellow flags though. Alonso (Brazil) and Jacques Villenueve (Phoenix) both had massive shunts after ignoring flags early in their careers. JV's was in Indycar but it was very similar to Zanardi's T-bone accident. Look for it on YouTube if you have not seen it. I just get the feeling that he is getting additional criticism because of his incidents with Hamilton. To me Hamilton was just as much if not more to blame for those incidents. It seems like Pastor's incidents come down to neither driver yielding unlike Grosjean who just rams people.

Yak - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 11:04 PM

I'm aware he's not the first to ignore flags, or ignore flags and end up causing another accident in the process. The bigger problem I have with him is things like his comments quoted in the article, basically saying he's going to keep doing what he's doing. Ruining someone's race to gain a position isn't on. Running flags and putting marshall's at risk to gain a bit of time on the guy in front isn't on. But evidently, neither both him.

Yak - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 11:09 PM

As for Grosjean, I've been over it numerous times so I won't go much into it. But basically he had Spa, which was a small thing that happened to result in a big accident. There were numerous other incidents in the season that COULD have resulted in a similar crash but just didn't. Suzuka he was basically paranoid under pressure, and then Webber in front bizarrely practically stopped in front of him and Perez. Other than that, his incidents were mostly other people driving into him. Sepang was Grosjean, but again Webber was slow exiting in front of Schumi and the conditions were terrible.


January 10, 2013 12:17 PM

Good one Mark, let's turn the whole thing round and blame Lewis again - let's see now, at Spa Madman turns and deliberately runs into Hamilton and it's more Hamilton's fault than Madman, at Valencia Madman cuts the corner in an impossible overtaking attempt, barrels Lewis into the wall and out of the race, again more Lewis's fault - sorry mate, having problems trying to process this logic, unless of course you are like some others on here and just hate Lewis, no matter what. Maldocrasho's "exciting style" is going to kill someone one day, I don't know how Williams can afford the repair bill - I reckon it is already higher than the money he has brought to the team.

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