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Maldonado a ‘great fighter’ and ‘underestimated’

Pastor Maldonado is a "great fighter" and does not get the credit he deserves for his driving ability, according to his former race engineer Xevi Pujolar
Pastor Maldonado is a “great fighter” and is “sometimes underestimated” according to former Williams chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar.

Pujolar was Maldonado's race engineer when he first joined Williams, eventually moving up to become chief race engineer before joining Toro Rosso at the end of 2013. Maldonado himself left Williams to join Lotus over the winter – with the decision seemingly based on financial considerations – but Pujolar believes Maldonado does not get the credit he deserves.

"I have always said that I have been impressed the most by Pastor and [Juan Pablo] Montoya," Pujolar told El Confidencial. "Maybe that's because they are such great fighters. But Pastor has shown that he is fast and I think he is sometimes underestimated."

Pujolar added that one he forms a strong relationship then Maldonado's feedback to the team is always high quality.

"I have worked with top drivers like Mark Webber or Ralf Schumacher... but for me it was not the same with them.

“[Maldonado] got a good relationship with the team when it was stable. He was well understood when he came back from the track and began to talk about the car. I immediately saw his reaction and knew what was going on with the car. After looking at the data it was clear, 'yes this is it'."

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February 14, 2014 2:31 PM
Last Edited 621 days ago

I think being such a "fighter" is his biggest problem, not an asset! Most drivers will finesse their way into a position to pass or defend. World champions will box cleverly, setting up with a jab to deliver a stronger blow. Maldonado just takes his gloves off and starts swinging haymakers like a buffoon. There is no denying that the sole reason he entered F1 was money. He did not leave Williams to go to Lotus - Williams dropped him and Lotus decided AFTER the Quantum deal turned out to be a dud that they were desparate enough for money to risk putting him in a car. Lotus were dead keen on Hulkenberg when they thought Quantum was coming to the rescue. He does not deserve a seat in F1 because he would certainly not have a drive without the money he brings. He fluked his win, as @sprulz explained.


February 14, 2014 6:47 PM

mix2000: I have said this umpteen times on here. he is the only driver to remind me of older drivers especially Senna, of their self belief and determination. He has got speed and came to f1 with alot better cv than most.
Whils.t i would never compare him to Senna,i know what you mean.His agressive style is great,it's his p1ss poor attitude that makes him so unpopular. Grosjean was a similar sort of driver when he joined Lotus,but the difference is he's a likeable guy and everyone helped him through his crashfest period

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