Incident-prone Pastor Maldonado has accepted that he needs to change his ways if he is to remain out of the stewards office and begin adding to a points tally that ground to a halt following his win at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Venezuelan shared the dubious honour of attracting the most penalties in 2011 with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, and is on course to repeat at the top of the rogues' list this year following a series of incidents that culminated in no fewer than three penalties being levied on him over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend a year ago. Prior to that, the former GP2 Series champion had been punished for collisions during the events in Monaco, Valencia, at Silverstone and in Hungary - all of which followed that surprise win at the Circuit de Catalunya in May.
With a best finish of twelfth since then, Maldonado's points haul has stalled at 29, dropping him to 14th in the standings, but he recognises that being forced back down the qualifying order is not helping either his reputation or his results. Having seen Lotus rival Romain Grosjean punished for causing last Sunday's startline shunt by being banned from this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, the Williams driver will also recognise that there will only be a finite number of penalties he can attract before facing the same fate.
"I have been penalised quite a lot," he conceded, with some understatement, to the BBC
, "We need to try to do something different to be away from the stewards. This is not the first time a driver is living in a bad moment. We need to look around, start again, do some good races.
"I need to evaluate what happened, what I can do to not make the same mistakes in the future. I think the mistakes are always different, [but] I need to get out of this moment and that's it. When I am on the track, I think I must evaluate the situation in the car.
"It's not difficult - it's more difficult to push and to try to be aggressive. At the moment, we are all worried and all talking because I was involved in so many penalties this year, but the only thing is to be away from the penalties, try to race, try to recover some points. I feel confident with myself and the team so we will see now if we can come off for this moment."