Maldonado says Perez contact was a “mistake”

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Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Monaco, 2012In the round-up: Pastor Maldonado says his collision with Sergio Perez in practice was not intentional.


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Maldonado blames mistake for clash (Sky)

“It was a mistake from my side because I lost the car. I was trying to pass Perez quite quick, cold tyres – it was the out lap – and I lost a little bit the car.”

Maldonado set to get gearbox penalty (Autosport)

“Following examination of his car by Williams after qualifying, it was found that there was a problem with his gearbox – perhaps as the result of a crash in final practice ?ǣ that means he will face a further five place drop.”

Formula One teams get ??115m windfall (The Guardian)

“‘The current deal pays the teams 50% plus some extras which means it pays them about 59%. The new deal is basically 60% plus a little bit more so it is going to be about 63%,’ says a person with knowledge of the IPO.”

Alan Baldwin via Twitter

“Had a very quick chat with Bernie earlier. He denied saying anything about more races under new Concorde agreement.”

Aerodynamics head leaves Mercedes F1 team (Reuters)

Mercedes GP head of aerodynamics Loic Bigois has left the Formula One team to join unidentified rivals, principal Ross Brawn said on Saturday.”

Pirelli in new push for Q3 rule changes (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “We will offer what is needed and that can be anything from an extra set for those in Q3 to make them run, through to full qualifying for everybody. We are open to whatever solution the sport feels is best, but we feel running cars in Q3 is important.”

Q&A with Red Bull’s Christian Horner (F1)

“Mark was competitive throughout all three sessions. He took two sets of new super-soft tyres into Q3. His first time was fine, then he dropped a little bit of time in the first sector and when he arrived at the end of Mirabeau I think he was about one-tenth down on his best lap, so the last three-quarters of the lap was phenomenal. He did an incredible job. He was so quick through the Swimming Pool section and in the last three corners he nailed it.”

Why is this season so tight at the top? (The Independent)

“‘We are all terrified that somebody will unlock the secret and win everything,’ [Jenson Button] said on Wednesday. ‘Unless, of course, that’s us!'”

Prost sees both sides in F1 ??entertainment vs sport?? debate (James Allen)

“You cannot compare to what we had 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Now the public are quite pleased to see that it is not all the time the same driver or same car. That is the worst thing for F1 today ?ǣ if one car or one driver is dominating too much.”

Can Monaco be made even safer? (Formula Umm…)

Our own Damonsmedley on safety standards at Monaco – an important topic in light of yesterday’s GP2 and GP3 crashes (see below).

Ian Parkes via Twitter

“Lewis and Jenson have written get-well letters to a McLaren fan who broke back and left leg in a fall from a grandstand that gave way on Thursday”

Formula One Betting: Monaco Grand Prix Preview (Unibet)

My pre-race column for Unibet.

Comment of the day

Nick.UK looks ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix:

Rosberg has had some electrifying starts in his time at Mercedes. He and Massa have a habit of shooting forward far quicker than others, though the latter seems to get caught out quite often being unable to find a way through the pack to make up positions, which also often leads to actually loosing positions sadly.

I have a lot of confidence in Rosberg to take the lead, despite the stats and track conditions being against him. Maybe I wouldn?t be if it was not Webber in front of him, but the combination of who I consider to be one of the best starters and one of the worst adds up to make it a real possibility that Rosberg will take the lead.

I, despite having money on Rosberg to win, would love to see Webber to win also. Webber is my favourite driver (and my title bet is with him) and I think it would do wonders for him if he was to take a win over Vettel on pure merit. It would not only boost his confidence but I think it would put a dink in Vettel?s too.

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On this day in F1

Fernando Alonso led home a McLaren one-two in the Monaco Grand Prix but all was not well within the team.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton complained he had not been given the chance to challenge Alonso for the win.

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80 comments on Maldonado says Perez contact was a “mistake”

  1. Gogog said on 27th May 2012, 2:04

    Collide with car thus causing a 100 mph crash later=10 grid drop
    Stop on instruction in case you aint got enough fuel in case of a random check=24 grid drop

    As Ron said `wheres the consistancy `

    • TIMBONI said on 27th May 2012, 2:17

      Hamilton was disqualified from qualifying breaking a rule McLaren brought in the rulebooks, he didn’t get a penalty, that is why.

      • Gogog said on 27th May 2012, 2:53

        The thing that bothers me is that if Mal rear right had connected with Perez front left( the one that would later fail in the swimming pool area ) He could have flipped an injurired all in the vicinity.

      • Solo (@solo) said on 27th May 2012, 18:47

        Yes while Ferrari got a rule aborted when they violated a rule they created. How nice.

  2. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 27th May 2012, 3:11

    These Pirelli’s continue to astound me. Now according to Pastor’s explanation of the incident, his car had cold tyre’s and soooo much grip that he wasn’t expecting, one little tweak of the wheel and bang! It turned into Perez.

  3. sumedh said on 27th May 2012, 6:54

    So what do people want Maldonado to say? “I deliberately hit Perez”? He is not going to say it.
    Schumacher never said “I deliberately hit Villeneuve”, Alonso never said “I deliberately held up Hamilton”
    Hamilton never said “I deliberately lied to the stewards”. Drivers cannot say these things directly because that would open them up to larger penalties.

    Hamilton apologized to the press and was sorry for his mistake. Maldonado has also said the same thing – it was a mistake. People should stop asking him to be sacked and banned from the season and everything.

    • mac_user67 said on 27th May 2012, 9:52

      Yeah he should have admitted it. If he has all this money then surely he can just say what he wants and still buy his way into a team? If he were honest or funny it would reflect alot better on him.

      Although having said that perhaps you are right and drivers before him set precedents by not telling the truth when they made mistakes and only recognise they made a mistake rather than saying something like: yeah I wasn’t in a good mood with him so I thought I’d mess with him for lolz

  4. Tony M (@tango11) said on 27th May 2012, 7:02

    Only the most blinkered individuals think the driving was anything other than idiotic.

    For me the real shocker is the inconsistency of the FIA. How can technical infringement (ham Spain ) warrant a far more sever penalty than risking a driver’s life?

    For those who keep referring to Maclaren being the source of the rule , that is irrelevant to what penalty is applied . If it wasn’t, teams with the longest F1 histories would be consistently more heavily penalised – which would be unfair and is not the case .

    • TIMBONI said on 28th May 2012, 13:53

      It is a clear penalty, you get disqualified from qualifying for it. That is why they were at the back. I’m not saying it’s faire, but it’s written in the rulebook.

  5. Julian (@julian) said on 27th May 2012, 7:41

    Mercedes GP head of aerodynamics Loic Bigois has left the Formula One team to join unidentified rivals

    I wonder if Ferrari snapped him up. They are in dire need of aero guys, perhaps they offered him a salary he couldn’t refuse.
    Autosport are reporting that Ferrari have said no deal has taken place though. Who knows.

  6. “We are open to whatever solution the sport feels is best, but we feel running cars in Q3 is important.”

    As the rule is anyone who gets into Q3 has to start on their qualifying tyres, I think that those who don’t run in Q3 should have to start on the tyres they got their best lap from Q2 thereby satisfying the same requirement as all the other drivers in Q3.

    If they don’t set a time in Q3, perhaps they should also have to go and ask the stewards to be allowed to start (giving reasons for not driving) as per the 107%-ers.

  7. dkpioe said on 27th May 2012, 9:12

    isnt it ironic, schumacher used to get away with dirty things like this all the time, like parking a broken down car in the middle of the road to get a red flag situation so he can pop in another car, or cutting up hill to win a championship. and today people are celebrating his performance in qualifying! in the same way, people will forget this little indescretion (which was only in practice anyway), and will be chearing for him in another event.

  8. Bo (@bjust) said on 27th May 2012, 9:36

    Why not run Q3 as they ran the whole qualifying some years ago? Each driver is sent out in turn and get to set one flying lap. The order could be determined by Q2 results, which would also make the positions in that session more important. In that way everybody would have to run.

  9. Lothario said on 27th May 2012, 9:50

    Wow, Maldonado is a **** liar…

  10. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 27th May 2012, 9:56

    Now he is complaining that about the penalty.

  11. Spanky Speed (@spankyspeed) said on 27th May 2012, 10:10

    If you believe Maldonado intentionally rammed Perez, I honestly doubt you have any knowledge whatsoever about open wheel racing.
    Over-aggressive driving during practice for which he deserved the penalty? Yes.
    Intentional ramming? You must be kidding…

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