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Hungarian F1 Grand Prix: ‘He still managed to crash in to Jules’

Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon says Pastor Maldonado's collision with Jules Bianchi could have been “incredibly costly”
Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon says Pastor Maldonado's collision with Jules Bianchi could have been “incredibly costly”.

During an incident-packed race, Maldonado ran in to Bianchi at Turn 1 when trying to overtake the Marussia, damaging both cars as a result. Bianchi was limited to 15th place but Marussia remains ninth in the constructors' championship as Sauber failed to score with Adrian Sutil less than a second away from the points.

However, speaking exclusively to Crash.net Lowdon said he was disappointed with the incident as Maldonado could have cost the team the chance to defend its position.

“I thought it was a shame for Jules, he'd created a good position for himself in the race,” Lowdon said. “Maldonado was obviously quicker at that stage, Jules gave him absolutely plenty of room – you could not have given a driver more room – and he still managed to crash in to Jules.

“I think that's a shame because Jules wasn't squeezing him or anything else like that. It's a shame because it ruins two races really and that kind of thing can be incredibly costly.

“So hopefully we won't have too much more of that kind of thing. Hopefully we'll have a clear run for the rest of the year. But I think we're seeing that anything can happen in Formula One; it's a pretty exciting show at the minute.”


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27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 spins
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18.09.2014 - Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
18.09.2014 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
18.09.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
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18.09.2014 - Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
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18.09.2014 - Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
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ZEDX

July 28, 2014 5:45 PM

I can't believe Lotus re-signed this guy ... he only "got away with it" this time because he 1) hit a "lowly" Marussia, and 2) Bianchi was able to finish Imagine the fall-out if he had tangled with one of the front runners.... He's a lot worse than Andrea "de-crasheris" of yesteryear Money or not.. this guy is lethal..

mrfill

July 28, 2014 7:19 PM

@ZEDX Valencia 2012. Spa 2011 Monaco 2011 He and Hamilton collided. Monaco was deemed lulu's fault, the other two he got penalties. Lotus had about 30 million reasons to re-sign him. Pity they didn't get him to resign.



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