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Maldonado: My mistakes are news of the day…

Pastor Maldonado: When I do a mistake without touching anyone, everybody is surprised and this is the news of the day...
Pastor Maldonado admits he becomes frustrated at the attention he courts when he makes a mistake or is involved in accidents, insisting other drivers don't get the same scrutiny.

The Venezuelan has developed an unenvious reputation for becoming involved in scrapes during his time in F1, but has previously felt he doesn't race any harder than others drivers, such as Fernando Alonso.

With this in mind, Maldonado says fighting hard on track is 'part of the game', suggesting his incidents get unfairly prominent coverage compared to other drivers, thus perpetuating the notion that he makes more mistakes than his rivals.

“It is a difficult one,” Maldonado, who will race for the Lotus-turned-Renault team in 2016, said. “On the track it is always a competition and I always want to gain places or to defend. It is a part of the game, especially when we are fighting closely for position.

“Fighting with some drivers is easier than some other ones. I try to be competitive and hard on the track… there are some drivers that are hard on the track, like Fernando, and when you fight with him he is very hard.

“We are all here for the same objective. When I do a mistake without touching anyone, everybody is surprised and this is the news of the day. Other drivers crash and have incidents, nothing happens. Look at Bottas and Kimi – two times, but now all quiet and normal. Simple race incident, I have a stupid contact, everyone is 'argh'.

Discussing the stewards' rulings, though Maldonado says he doesn't believe he is targeted unfairly, he does feel some decisions are not always consistent.

“They have different views at different races. I saw during the year so many crashes and incidents against two different drivers and they were maybe not that hard on the decisions. Sometimes with me they are a bit harder, but it is part of the game.”


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