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Venezuela celebrates Maldonado breakthrough

The whole of Venezuela was united last night in celebrating the Spanish Grand Prix victory of their new favourite son Pastor Maldonado.
Williams F1 driver Pastor Maldonado was on the front page of every newspaper in Venezuela which featured photographs of his post-race celebrations, and every television news report led with the story of his stunning win in the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

"I think everybody who saw the race and for sure all the people are happy at the moment and this is great for Venezuela after nearly thirty years without any driver in F1," said Maldonado. "I think it's a great moment for our country.

"Everyone is so happy in my country. I'm very lucky to have a country behind me, pushing so hard, to see me here in F1 and especially to be here [on the podium]," he added. "I'm pretty happy for Venezuela, I'm happy for Williams as well. They did a wonderful job to give me a great car for this race. We are getting better and better, race after race."

"Venezuela has covered itself with glory," said PDVSA, the state oil company that provides financial backing for Maldonado's F1 participation with Williams.

Reuters reported that scores of residents in Caracas had been tooting their car horns and unfurling banners emblazoned with "Maldonado, pride of Venezuela!" on them, and there were also big celebrations in Aragua, Maldonado's home state.

And where popular jubilations are breaking out, the politicians are never too far away - including the country's highly controversial socialist president of the last 13 years, Hugo Chavez.

"Our Pastor Maldonado won, making history," the president tweeted after the race as he proposed that there should be a national holiday to celebrate. "Bravo Pastor! Congratulations to you and all your fighting team! We shall overcome!"

In the post-race press conference at the Circuit de Catalunya, Maldonado was asked whether the president had been on the phone to him yet and the race winner had to concede that there hadn't been time for anything like that.

"No, not yet because I was on the podium before, so no time to even see my family, my people," he said. "Maybe he will call. I don't know."




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Ppparkinson9 - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 9:20 PM

It is always great when a new country wins and it doesn't happen very often (maybe Colombia with Montoya was the last). It might be a long time before the next, can't see Vitaly adding Russia any time soon.

meatlovers - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 4:55 PM

congratulation!!! this is what f1 needs i feel the excitements, passion watching f1 today i believe this will draw people around the world n more people willing to watch f1



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