Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2012

Furious Perez demands action on Maldonado

2012 British Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2012Sergio Perez had harsh words for Pastor Maldonado after retiring in a collision with the Williams driver in the British Grand Prix.

Perez was trying to pass Maldonado on the outside of Brooklands on lap 11 when the pair made contact.

Speaking to the BBC afterwards, Perez called on the FIA to take action against Maldonado: “Pastor is a driver who doesn’t respect other drivers. It’s just a matter of fact.

“I was already in front, and if not he should have given me enough space not to crash, but he tried to push me all the way to the outside. I don’t understand the way he is driving.

“I really hope the stewards can make something because the last three or four races he has done something.

“It is not the first time he has damaged my weekend. He did the same in Valencia, and they gave him a drive-through, which I think is not enough.

“This guy will never learn if they don’t do something, because he is a very dangerous driver and he can hurt someone.”

Maldonado collided with Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the European Grand Prix.

Afterwards Maldonado said: “It was a very disappointing moment because the race was going well for us.”

Describing the incident he said: “The corner was mine. Sergio was on the outside of the corner trying to take the position from me. I tried to defend and on the entry I lost the rear of the car, I think on cold tyres.”

Update: Maldonado handed reprimand and fine

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  1. I don’t get why people are blaming Maldonado this time. The fact is that it was a racing incident. It could have been avoided in two way; either Maldonado would let off and let him go, or Perez would give him a little more room. Some people say that Maldonado still had plenty of room on the inside, but the fact is that that corner was a late apex left hander, where they keep off the kerb all the way until a little kink in the track to the left, just before they turn right. At that point, the drivers try to get their car to point at that kerb, and the best way to do that is to keep a line that can be considered less than optimal in other circumstances. To say that he had plenty of room to the inside is insane. Sergio had already squeezed him a little bit, and if Maldonado was to go further inside, he would lose so much speed that he would have been passed easily. It was a racing incident, and while other times Maldonado was the one to blame, this time I definitely don’t see it that way.

    1. “I don’t get why people are blaming Maldonado this time. The fact is that it was a racing incident. It could have been avoided in two way; either Maldonado would let off and let him go, or Perez would give him a little more room.”

      No, if you watch again, theres atleast 2 cars width between Perez and the kerbs. Secondly, the accident was caused because Maldonado lost it mid-corner, he lost it mid-corner because he carried too much speed on entry.

      Completly his fault, no question.

      But even that is besides the point of most peoples anger. This inncodent, regardless of its serverity, only goes to highlight Maldonados temperment. He seems unable to race side by side with anyone. and given his history, you have to say the stewards are being far too lieniant on him.

      Theres a reason there are certin footballers who have considerably more yellow/red cards than others, some people are just too stupid and or/agressive.

  2. in my opinion maldonado tried to drive perez off the track. however as we have seen several times this season the stewards think this is ok ( rosberg against hamilton, rosberg against alonso and hamilton against maldonado.) the stewards should be consistent. they either punish all drivers who do this or they punish no-one. personally i dont want f1 turning into touring car but if stewards allow this behaviour then drivers are going to take advantage.

    1. @ nr.

      Holding the outside line of the track and forcing the opponent to run wide is not the same as colliding into another car in order to retain your position.

      I’m not saying Rosberg was right or wrong but Rosberg didn’t take hamilton or Alonso out defending his position and Hamilton didn’t take Maldonado out of the race defending his. Maldonado however, managed to get Hamilton ‘air born’ re-joining the track at very low speed and has taken Perez out at Silverstone today. It’s not the same thing at all

      1. i am not saying he was right to do what he did but the the stewards do think all the incident were similiar. personally i think you should allow drivers at the side of you space and all of those drivers deserved penalties. the only reason lewis didn’t hit pastor was pastor left the track. lewis was not holding the outside line because pastor was there. if pastor stayed on track they would of hit. if lewis stayed on track when rosberg ran him off the road they would of hit. i do not see any difference between these incidents. you can not hold the outside line if someone is outside of you.

  3. Maldonado = de Cesaris of the 2010s.

  4. Dane (@n0b0dy100)
    8th July 2012, 21:12

    I’m sure sooner or later Frank Williams will look at the number of points Pastor has thrown away with reckless driving and have him calm down his style. Constructors points equal money at the end of the year.

  5. It’s pathetic. Clearly he doesn’t really give a monkeys about his tarnished reputation throughout the F1 paddock, as he knows well enough that Williams will sign him up for another year because of his massive sponsorship from PDVSA. So long as he brings in the money I don’t think the teams are that bothered that he’s such a liability. Ban him, please just ban him…

  6. I do not understand F1’s stance on safety, yet allow this clown on the track. I could not find any vid on his Monaco indiscretion, but I found this…

    Someone like this does not even belong on the road much less a race track. After all he has done in F1, and all I have heard he has done in previous leagues (and watching this vid), this guy is gonna get someone killed if they do not pull his license. With this guy, it’s not if, it’s when.

  7. Reprimand and 25000€ , they getting him differently now, drive through and grid positions are not working enough here, he is loving being protagonist one way or another, every race he’s big topic, Chavez and PdVSA are mention and all he seems to care.
    As he has won already, been there done that was boring and now is more fun to crash. I don’t think there is one race he hasn’t has contact or crashes, there is no one he hasn’t crash with already and not once has apologized as is always others fault !
    This is the best f1 driver for Williams ? Give Sutil or Bottas this car !

  8. disgruntled
    9th July 2012, 7:25

    Many ppl here discussing that this is the most innocuos of Malfunctionado’s incidents…this maybe true…but why was I bracing myself when Checo closed in on him & attempted to overtake? Much like Massa vs Hamilton of last year: you know there’s gonna be contact

  9. Mal squeezed Kimi off the course early in the race as well. Charlie Whiting has stated that a driver may use all the road only if there isnt a driver beside them. so if a car is trying to pass and is along side, you way not squeeze him off the road. The rules are pretty simple for driving. although at Monaco this would mean Hamilton was at fault for using all the track when mal was beside him. If they cant stick by their rules for every driver, they shouldnt for none. Its a shame we cant all get along even in the F1 game dirty racers are everywhere.

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