F1 »

Maldonado back in action with Pirelli test outings

Pirelli calls on ex-Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado to conduct some of its tyre testing as its preparations for 2017 begin to take shape.
Former Williams and Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado is back behind the wheel of a race car having been tapped by Pirelli for some preliminary 2017 tyre tests.

Maldonado, an F1 race winner with Williams at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, had originally signed to race with the revived Renault outfit, but was dropped in January when it became clear his critical backing from struggling state-backed Venezuelan oil firm PDVSA wasn't forthcoming.

Yet to source a drive elsewhere, Maldonado has, according to Motorsport.com, been called up to help with its private testing plans and has reportedly driven a GP2 car fitted with early prototype 2017 rubber.

The Italian firm was given the green light for additional in-season test days for 2016 last month in an effort to better prepare it for 2017 when sweeping technical regulation changes are set to be introduced.

It will also be allowed to use 2013 and 2014 specification cars to help with its initial programme, before moving on to modified 2015 machinery.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
19.09.2015 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
17.09.2015 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
24.09.2015 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 with Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.