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Maldonado to stay on 'aggressive' path

Pastor Maldonado has vowed not to change his aggressive driving style after reflecting on the success it has brought him.

Pastor Maldonado has warned his F1 rivals to expect more of his robust racing style in 2013, having realised the success it has brought him over the years.

The Venezuelan broke through as the top flight's latest first-time winner when he triumphed from pole position in last year's Spanish Grand Prix, taking Williams back to the top of the podium for the first time since Juan Montoya won in Brazil back in 2004, but has also attracted criticism over his propensity for contact.

While Lotus rival Romain Grosjean was suspended for the Italian Grand Prix after a series of first lap incidents, it was Maldonado who was adjudged to have been the more heavily penalised of the pair during 2012, but the Williams driver insists that he has no plan to change his aggressive style, having seen it bring him success in the lower formulae, including multiple wins on the streets of Monaco and the 2010 GP2 Series crown.

“Yes, I've had run-ins with other drivers, not only now, but in the past,” he was quoted as telling Spanish sports newspaper Marca, “But I have won in each of the categories in which I have competed and, every time I walk down the hallway in my house and see everything I've achieved with this style, I think I should continue.”

While his Barcelona victory provided the season's high point for Williams in 2012, Maldonado also went a long time without adding to his tally, and the Grove team only improved on its 2011 showing by one place in the constructors' rankings. The Venezuelan, who will be partnered by rookie Valtteri Bottas this year, has already suggested that Williams needs to build on the strong foundations provided by the FW34 by adding both 'speed and innovation', but insists that he will continue to give his all in order to help the erstwhile frontrunner continue its recovery from the nadir of 2011.

“Every year we are improving and [in 2013] it will be a better car," he enthused, “It's never easy to give 100 per cent at all times, but it gives me strength to keep going because you can always improve, always give more."

Maldonado's off-season has already seen him marry journalist Gabriele Tarkanyi in their native Venezuela, but his attention is currently being taken by the ailing health of president Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba. Chavez has been a long-time backer of the country's motorsport stars via state oil company PDVSA, which largely bankrolls Maldonado's seat at Williams.




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1Jez

January 08, 2013 2:49 PM

Oh, how this man infuriates me. He thinks this style has granted him success? REALLY? The only time he has succeeded is when he was gifted pole and didn't have any other cars in front of him to crash off the track! The guy simply can not race with anyone else around him. Take a look at his 2012 - he finished 15th in the driver standings and that included a 25 point haul. There were no less than SEVEN drivers ahead of him that didn't win a race. That's seven drivers currently on the grid who are a whole lot more consistent than he is. He didn't get a single point for the next NINE races following his win! If his measure of success is a solitary (and in my opinion, fluke) win and therefore wont change his, ahem, 'style', then he's destined to remain on that single win. He is the most penalised driver in a single season in F1 history. This is the only F1 list he will ever top.



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