Williams driver Pastor Maldonado
has insisted he has no plans to change his approach, despite what happened in Valencia, when he clashed with Lewis Hamilton
near the end while squabbling for third.
Maldonado has had a mixed year and while he took his maiden win at the Spanish Grand Prix, with a brilliant drive at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, his season has also been blighted by other more circumspect moments, including that last lap off in Australia and a nightmare weekend in Monaco.
“I think I've been a bit unlucky in the last couple of races,” Maldonado told Speedtv.com
ahead of this weekend's F1 2012 British Grand Prix
at Silverstone, “especially Monaco - and Montreal, because I was penalised because of the gearbox. But the pace has been always there.
“The last race is difficult to evaluate. Lewis was losing 3 seconds a lap, and I saw the chance to get onto the podium. I had a very difficult race, especially in some moments I was P10, and I recovered quite well. I was looking forward to getting on the podium as well.
“One and a half laps to the end I saw the chance to take the position against Lewis, he tried to defend and I tried to attack. It was a normal contact [accident], I think. It was disappointing, because it was good points for the team - and for me as well.
“Looking forward, though, it doesn't change anything. The season is still long and we have plenty of races, coming.
“So I'm looking forward. I will drive in the same way. We need to push, especially in this moment as the gaps are very close, and I think the drivers are making the difference at the moment.”