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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Maldonado: If it had been me hitting Alonso…

Pastor Maldonado feels disgruntled that his first corner DNF at the hands of Fernando Alonso would have been 'bigger news' had it been the other way around.
Pastor Maldonado was left to rue a frustrating end to the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship season after being taken out at the first corner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by Fernando Alonso, an incident that left him disgruntled.

The Venezuelan was targeting another points' finish to conclude his most lucrative season of the year in terms of top ten finishes, but only got as far as the first corner when he was struck by an errant Alonso

With the collision – for which Alonso was handed a drive-through penalty – breaking the suspension on his Lotus, Maldonado was forced to stop, a premature end that he feels scuppered the chance of a top ten challenge.

“It's sad to end the race in the first corner because we were looking good for the race,” he said. “In qualifying we tend to miss a few tenths and then come strong in the race and show that we have top ten pace. We had a good strategy to go with the pace, but anyway this is racing and it can happen.”

Indeed, Maldonado – who has been frequently criticised for his tendency to get involved in on-track scrapes -, feels the clash would have been 'bigger news' had it been him colliding with Alonso.

“To be honest, I didn't see the contact I just felt it in the back of the car from Fernando,” he said. “I tried to restart but then I saw the suspension damage. Imagine if it that incident had been the other way round, it would've been big news then!”


Tagged as: Pastor Maldonado , Lotus

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Liam94

December 01, 2015 11:49 AM
Last Edited 438 days ago

He is right in that every time he is involved in anything, his fault or not, he gets a lot of stick for it. It was a very Maldonado like move from Alonso, squeezing the Sauber and giving him nowhere to go causing the inital contact which lead to Alonso spearing into Pastor. The difference is though Pastor, and the reason it would be bigger news if it happened the other way around, is Alonso doesn't do this every other race.

LoveF1

December 01, 2015 3:59 PM

Even the best drivers do a Crashtor occasionally, with a rush of blood to the head. Alonso has done it, Kimi did it in Sochi, etc. The difference is they don't have a track record of doing it, so the fans generally cut them some slack when it happens. You have to wonder which part of that Crashtor did not understand...



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