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POLL: Will Maldonado be a one-hit wonder?

Pastor Maldonado took his maiden victory at the pinnacle of the sport last weekend in Spain, but can he win again in F1? What do you think? To submit your vote, simply, CLICK HERE...

Some had labelled him a pay driver and said he didn't deserve his place in F1, however, last weekend, Pastor Maldonado put in a brilliant performance to win in Spain and silence his critics.

The Venezuelan, who had been a 500/1 outsider with some bookmakers in the week leading up to the race, qualified on the front row of the grid for Williams but was then promoted onto pole position when McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was excluded from the results and demoted to the back of the field.

Although he lost the lead to Fernando Alonso off the line, Maldonado was able to keep pace with the Ferrari man ahead before Williams rolled the dice and elected to bring him in ahead of Alonso for his second stop. With Alonso then encountering traffic before pitting himself, Maldonado moved to the front and despite a small delay on his final stop and pressure from the double champion behind, it was the Williams driver who emerged victorious to give the team its first victory for some eight years.

But will he be able to do it again or is the 2010 GP2 Champion destined to be a one-hit wonder like Jarno Trulli, Olivier Panis, Jean Alesi and Alessandro Nannini et al?

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Related Pictures

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13.05.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
13.05.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
13.05.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
13.05.2012- Celebration, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 race winner
13.05.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 race winner
13.05.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 race winner
13.05.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 race winner

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blublz

May 18, 2012 1:42 PM

He may not win another race in his career, but he earned the Spanish victory by putting together an excellent weekend, also beating Alonso when the Spaniard had a sniff of victory infront of his home crowd isnt an easy thing to do. A lot of credit has to go to the Williams race team who put him in a position to race at the front

Taipan

May 18, 2012 1:11 PM

This guy has some talent, I wouldn't write him off too quickly. Was only 5 laps away from a fantastic 6th place at Monaco before being ambushed by you know who, in only his 6th F1 race. Qualified in front of "Mr Experience" Barrichello on 9 occasions last year. I believe he was the only driver with a cosworth engine to make it into Q3 last season, and he did it on 3 occasions. Was a lap away from finishing 6th in Australia this year, before deciding to check the integrity of his chassis.... And nobody can fault his drive in Spain.



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