Maldonado hits back at “crying” Perez

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Sergio Perez, Sauber, Silverstone, 2012In the round-up: Pastor Maldonado responds to Sergio Perez’s criticism of his driving and insists he did not deliberately hit the Sauber driver in Monaco.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Perez on Maldonado: “He?s just a very stupid driver…” (Adam Cooper)

Maldonado: “[Perez is] always crying. In Monaco it was a normal incident. I think we need to value where it?s intentional and where it?s not. For sure it was clear it was not intentional.”

McLaren must improve form – Hamilton (BBC)

“We are still in the fight, but unless we find something it’s going to be hard to stay in the fight. I raced my heart out as always but we just struggled; we did not have enough speed in general.”

Ferrari hail performance step (Sky)

Stefano Domenicali: “It’s very tough but it’s great to see Fernando [Alonso] still in the championship battle. From the sporting point of view, it’s good to see Lewis losing some points, Sebastian [Vettel] too. But it is also good to see Felipe [Massa] having a good performance today because we have jumped the classification on the constructors’ side and that is very good.”

British GP – Conference 4 (FIA)

Alonso on overtaking Lewis Hamilton: “I was with new tyres so I had a pace advantage but you know the McLaren is quite quick on the straights, so I overtook him on the exit of the corner thanks to the tyres and then he overtook me again on the straight and it was a difficult moment of the race because if you have a little contact or something you can lose your front wing or whatever and your race is over. You need to be aggressive, you need to try to no lose too much time in those overtakings but at the same time being a little bit careful.”

Vettel says first stint cost him dear (Autosport)

“[The soft tyre] didn’t perform very well. I was struggling a lot. I was in traffic, which doesn’t help, but I really couldn’t go any faster than the guys in front. In clean air I think we could’ve done the pace of the leaders at that time, but like that it was difficult.

Mark Webber drives off with fans’ hearts at F1 British Grand Prix (The Guardian)

Christian Horner: “Inevitably there is an awful lot of speculation surrounding Ferrari but we are focused on ourselves. Mark feels comfortable in the team and over the next few weeks we will sit down and talk about the future.”

Comment of the day

Bananas’ view on Maldonado’s latest collision was typical of many posted yesterday:

The longer this goes on with Maldonado with no serious punishment the more difficult it?s going to get to penalise him in a manner that properly addresses the way his driving his sub-standard; not just to punish Maldonado but to set a clear precedent to all drivers.

Personally, I?m not sure today?s incident alone necessarily warranted a grid penalty or worse but clearly his driving and attitude to incidents is such that he needs to be shown how not to act.

One could argue that Lewis Hamilton was just as bad last year and should have been similarly penalised but He not only acknowledged his errors (at least one some occasions) but appears to have learned his lesson this year.

Personally, as bad as anything this year, what Maldonado did in Spa in 2011 was a disgrace and he should have been much more heavily punished ?ǣ after all Michael Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 championship for one move when at least the championship was at stake there. We already have a percent for the type of sanction that could be applied for just one incident but in Maldonado?s case the number of incidents is rising.

Where do Williams go from here ?ǣ their hands could well be tied by Maldonado’s sponsorship money they clearly depend on so can we really see the team dealing with this effectively? The FIA must act swiftly and appropriately in my opinion before other drivers? races are ruined and, much worse, someone is hurt by driving of Maldonado’s standard since he joined F1.

Again, the point is not just punish Maldonado but to set a clear precedent to the rest of the field.

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144 comments on Maldonado hits back at “crying” Perez

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th July 2012, 6:14

    not Hero to zero, hero to villain.

  2. Snafu (@snafu) said on 9th July 2012, 7:31

    Ferrari and Red Bull improved a lot with different exhaust upgrades while Mclaren haven’t brought any so far. They need to bring something for that area if they want to stay in fight.

  3. Kabir said on 9th July 2012, 7:41

    I hate PM. I think he’s an idiot.
    But, once in a while, we need a Captain Bonkers.
    We had some in the past e.g. Alessi but then again he was way smarter than this buffoon.
    Hamilton last season was thought to be in the same league and now he has changed tremendously.
    I guess it all requires a little maturity.
    With F1 drivers starting younger these days, you are bound to get more of these incidents.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th July 2012, 7:59

    Alluding to the Vettel Autosport article, I am pretty surprised that RBR weren’t in a position to carry on from Valencia. Usually one they find something, it sticks. I guess the weather on Saturday won’t have helped, Vettel and Webber looked just as uncomfortable as everyone else, except Alonso of course!

  5. JCost (@jcost) said on 9th July 2012, 8:04

    What’s wrong with Woking boys? Two races ago Hamilton was on fire in Canada with a very competitive package. In Valencia HAM made a very good Q3 to start at P2 but his race pace was not good enough to compete with Vettel or to hold off Lotuses (plus a another disastrous pit stop cost his dearly) but he could aspire a top 5 finish if managed to “survive Maldonado”. OK, just a bad day, “we’ll bounce back”.

    Then comes Silverstone, the long awaited update package to regain their early season form arrives but rain comes too and Jenson grabs a spot surrounded by HRTs, Marussias and the like while Lewis fails to get his Inters working. On Sunday… Ferrari and Red Bull show very good pace and Lotus is clearly in their league while McLaren is not, suddenly Button is not a WDC contender anymore and Hamilton is two races away from seeing himself in the same position, unless something magical happens.

    • bag0 (@bag0) said on 9th July 2012, 21:11

      @jcost – I still think the weather decides which teams going to perform good or bad, Mclaren was good in the cool, damp, wet conditions on saturday, but struggled in the heat on sunday.

      Look at the fastetst times they did on the track:
      Saturday (Track 17-24 Celsius): Button 1:32.320 on primes, Hamilton 1:32.477
      Sunday (Track 29-33 Celsius): Button 1:36.086 on primes, Hamilton 1:36.173

      Now I know we dont know the fuel loads, but the difference is 4 seconds, that is huge, laptimes usually dont drop that mutch over a race!

      My point is mybe Mclaren has a very big problem with the temperatures, not fundamentally with the car. Other cars struggling in the cold (not that mutch, but still), Mclaren in the heat. It was the same last year, but then Mclaren had a clear advantage to others, exept for RB. They were strong in the cold Canada, Hokkenheim, Hungary, the other races they won was hugely dependent on luck, China – the introduction of the cliff, Suzuka – Button had no fuel at the end of the race, still Alonso and Vettel were faster than him at the end, AbuDhabi – Vettel out in T1, then Hamilton struggled to fend off Alonso. This year it is the same, we just dont get so many cold races, and the field is bunched up, so nothing new really, just unxpected.

  6. Abel Archundia (@aquataz68) said on 9th July 2012, 8:37

    For Sauber & Checo what matters is to find a way to neutralize PM’s loonie ways and Checo’s own inconsistency. This means better execution by Checo and improved strategy including Quali. Especially Sergio needs to consistently beat himself, his teammate, and MAL in that order, then the rest of the field. Sauber needs points and positive TV time. Results rule.

    Penalizing MAL gives Sauber no points.
    Crying out, blaming or polemic TV time gives Sauber no points. Maybe some mktg.

    MAL will flame out from F1 on his own, hopefully not hurting anyone along the way.

  7. Ben73 (@ben73) said on 9th July 2012, 8:45

    Maldonado says ” I think we need to value when it is intentional and when it is not”
    Is this an admission that some of his previous moves were intentional?

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 9th July 2012, 15:05

      @ben73 Hehhe. Spa 2011 was intentional, Valencia 2012 looks intentional… Yesterday? Doesn’t look like.

    • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 9th July 2012, 21:53

      Funny thing is, F1 DOES consider the concepts of intention, and (as far as I am concerned) does consider the unique aspects of each crash. Though I do not often agree with their assessments, they do review the films, and take input from ex-driver/guest stewards.

      While I dont like the outcome, I cannot argue with the process; and really, what do I know, Ive never even touched an F1 car

  8. andrew_s (@andrew_s) said on 9th July 2012, 9:07

    I truly believe that a precedent has already been set in terms of bad driver behavior by the (in my eyes) lax response by the race stewards and FIA.
    This applies not only to Maldonado, but to other drivers who have transgressed too.

  9. sid_prasher (@) said on 9th July 2012, 10:57

    I think after a few repeat incidents, the team should get penalized – they should be able to reign in the crazy defending/ overtaking from their drivers.
    This one would have gone off as a racing incident if not for his past misdemeanors. The worst part is he keeps saying he lost control – that doesn’t reflect well on an F1 driver!

  10. mole (@mole) said on 9th July 2012, 11:17

    As far as I can tell, Maldonado only really did an intentional dangerous move in Spa, and he should’ve had a MUCH harsher penalty then, and in Monaco where it was a bit more clumsy than angry, but blocking off Perez like that could’ve had far worse repercussions.

    In Valencia, he did have to come back onto the track at some point as it was a corner that comes back in on itself so that seems more like a racing incident, and with Silverstone I actually think it was Perez’s fault and Pastor’s getting the blame more because of his history.

    It defies logic to intentionally crash with other cars in the race as you end up going backwards yourself – it’d be a stupid policy to take that kind of risk and i’m sure Williams would stamp it out if it existed (and that’s not even thinking about the safety risk to the drivers!)

  11. grumph said on 9th July 2012, 11:44

    All you can do is laugh, there is definitely something fishy going on in my opion, how a driver can go around driving people off the road in crashes then walk round blaiming everyone else with insults then receive a penalty that is peanuts to there (or someone elses bank account) has all the hall marks of brown envelopes filled with `paper` and secret meetings after dark.

    Mark my words it will all end in tears.

  12. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 9th July 2012, 12:13

    Sorry if this has already been mentioned, but I believe last year’s British GP took place on 10 July, whereas today is 9 July.

  13. vman said on 9th July 2012, 12:18

    Well most of posts above appear as double standards to me. People call Lewis as a tough racer, but I dont really remember knowing an incident where Lewis would accept defeat with a competitive machine. It would either be Lewis coming on top or someone would end up biting the dust (even both). If someone calls that fair racing, calls all those as racing incidents, then I don’t see why you can’t accept PM’s incident yesterday as a racing incident. If Lewis makes himself as a unforgiving defender and an aggressive attacker, then whats wrong in someone else doing the same???? Lewis got plenty of reprimands, now its time for Maldonado to get some.
    End of story.

  14. Teto said on 9th July 2012, 12:47

    It would be so great if they penilize Maldonado and ban him for one race. BotAs would be the drivder and god know he probably will win a race with that Williams. I’m pretty sure that if was a decent driver in that car, he would be fighting for the championship. The Williams is fast , it is the 1,2 ,3 ,4 fastest car in f1 but the driver are bad, mediocre, irregular and mistake prone. Also that Williams take good care
    Of the tire. If I’m frank Williams I will give BotAs two races as the gp driver before the end of the season. One race substituting senna and the other Maldonado. That way the team can compare BotAs with each of the drivers and make a decision about which one needs to be kick out. If Chavez lose the election buy, buy Maldonado. There is not more petro-dollars for you.

  15. David BR2 said on 9th July 2012, 13:09

    McLaren are getting a very easy ride in the press given their dire performance. Remember the pressure Ferrari came under at the start of the season? McLaren seem to be in a nose dive, yet very few questions are being asked. Maybe that’s actually a symptom of the malaise in the team, lower expectations: Ferrari themselves were frantic with the poor performance and clearly the media pick up on this. McLaren instead announce that they’re not worried because they’ve got a tenth of a second worth of upgrades for the Silverstone… and we’ve seen the amazing results. It’s the apathy that annoys me most. And also the gut feeling that the team works around Button, which accounts for the spin into free fall. Trying to resolve the problems of an underperforming driver looks a seriously wrong turn. Hamilton would be mad to sign on for more of the same – because does it really look like McLaren will ever recover their last good form, 2007-08?

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