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Maldonado: I'm not here for polemics

Pastor Maldonado says he is not about to change the way he drives, despite criticism from Sergio Perez.
Pastor Maldonado has shown little sign of being prepared to alter his approach to racing in F1, despite the criticism he received from rival Sergio Perez after the British Grand Prix.

The pair came together on lap twelve of the Silverstone race after Maldonado clattered the kerb while trying to make a pass on the Sauber driver. While he maintained that it was 'normal race contact', Perez - and the stewards - saw it differently, pointing to the extreme ambition of the move. The Mexican, however, was disappointed that the officials chose only to impose a €10,000 fine on his rival, particularly given that Maldonado had already made several appearances before them in previous races.

Maldonado, however, remained unrepentant, seeing no reason why he needed to change anything about the way he drove.

"Everybody saw I lost the car and it was nothing intentional - even him," he was quoted as saying by Sporting Life, his belief slightly at odds with Perez's, "We've been big contenders in the past, in GP2, and I understand his point. He was angry, he lost the race. On the other side, I lost my race as well. It's difficult to evaluate, but I'm not here for polemics. I'm here to race, I'm here to win."

Maldonado, of course, has won this season, claiming a surprise victory for Williams in Spain, but has since crashed out of every one of the four rounds that have followed, leaving himself tenth in the championship standings with 29 points. The current points structure rewards a win with 25 points....



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Amigo - Unregistered

July 20, 2012 5:22 PM

You don't need to change you're driving style. If Perez worry about Maldonado driving style and then don't come over and stay away from Maldonado. F1 needs aggressive driver and not self polishing driver. Perez needs to grow up and try to win the race. Maldonado has won the race and he is doing okay. Go Maldonado go. I hope you will win another race.



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