Maldonado will learn from mistakes, says Toto Wolff

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Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Monza, 2012In the round-up: Williams executive director Toto Wolff expects Pastor Maldonado to “take a different approach” after a string of penalties earlier this year.


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Q&A with Williams? Toto Wolff (F1)

“From one stupid, heated incident in Monaco it has almost become an avalanche – and this is affecting his performance. But I think he has understood now that he has to take a different approach – this is not GP2. But he is an intelligent guy and he will learn from it.”

Karthikeyan keen to stay at HRT for 2013 (The Times of India)

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@Lin1876 on the topic everyone’s talking about:

McLaren really are caught between a rock and a hard place here. On the one hand, they?re surely looking at their bank balance, knowing Perez or Rosberg won?t impact on it anywhere near as much as Hamilton, yet if they lose Hamilton they lose a great talent. An expensive and petulant talent, yes, but a talent nevertheless.

I don?t see them showing Hamilton the door, but I doubt they?ll be bending over backwards to keep him either ? Button/Perez or Button/Rosberg could still get the job done in the right environment.

I find it hard to believe all this isn?t a distraction. His foreseeable future is at stake here, and he has to choose between being confident of challenging and the opportunity for more freedom. I would personally stay, but choosing the latter would be a very Lewis Hamilton thing to do.

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99 comments on Maldonado will learn from mistakes, says Toto Wolff

  1. I see Jake Humphrey has jumped shipped now.
    Good on him, I probably wouldn’t hang around. It’s a shame though for us BBC F1 viewers!

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th September 2012, 13:42

      @john-h Change is good and best of luck to him, I just hope it isn’t a flop! I switched to Sky coverage this year and to be honest, it did highlight just how much Jake’s presenting did annoy me at times. He’s a little cheesy!

    • JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III said on 18th September 2012, 23:55

      TV people are so two faced. I’m sure alot will disagree with me but i was under the impression jake did it because he liked it not just because it was an available job and he had bills needing paying. Guess the only reason he didn’t go to sky was that he was under contract already or simply didn’t want to risk getting chucked off the olympics. (insert sad face)

      • Eleanore (@leucocrystal) said on 19th September 2012, 2:13

        He’s also about to have his first child, so I imagine the constant travel is no longer such an attractive option. Is Martin Brundle two-faced as well, by your estimation?

        • JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III said on 19th September 2012, 7:31

          What does it matter to you? you obviously don’t agree.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th September 2012, 13:40

    That’s a good interview with Wolff. He seems to have a real passion for the sport and he knows that he has still plenty to learn, as I guess most do in F1. The worst thing they could have is some know-it-all who doesn’t know anything.

  3. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 18th September 2012, 13:58

    I doubt the concept Ferrari being talked about there will ever come to fruition, however it is definitely a good indicator for the future. We already have Audi, Porsche, and Toyota competing, with involvement from Lotus in both P1 and P2. The change in regulations from 2014 throws it all wide open in terms of participation. You’ll have at least two VAG marques building engines (I’m assuming Porsche have no intention of running TDi), plus Toyota and Mazda (Skyactiv based diesel hybrids for P2), and one can probably assume that Nissan will continue to participate. Add in the potential for Ferrari, Mercedes, and Renault to all put their engine technologies into the fray at the sharp end too, and you have to say we could be looking at a new golden age of sportscar racing. Imagine a grid made up of Audi, Porsche, Toyota, Lotus, Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, and Nissan, all fighting it out in LMP1. If that doesn’t get your pulse racing then you better call an ambulance because you’re clearly dead..

    • It certainly looks this could be very exiting.

      Although those sketches of the Ferrari do not look anywhere near close to a real prototype, but it would be really good if they supported someone in building a car.

      • MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 18th September 2012, 14:08

        I could certainly see them marrying a stock chassis to a Ferrari powertrain and then giving it a tweaked aero package. It was quite a good solution for Aston Martin with their Lola Coupe. Unfortunately I think you need to an an F1-style approach to development and refinement in order to compete properly, so it’s likely that only those teams with full factory backing are likely to fight for wins. But it is a good feeler for the likes of Ferrari to measure the effects of brand exposure in prototype racing.

        • I would imagine it would have to start out with putting the engine in an existing package like the Lola or something.
          But with a bit of Ferrari support it could well have a good shot at solid results that could lead Ferrari to start officially backing a team in the future. Certainly it could be a valuable test bed for the 2014 engines

      • Not sure where this comment from @coefficient dissapeared to, but this looks really nice, even if the real version would end up being more rounded and higher

  4. The Limit said on 18th September 2012, 13:59

    Interesting comments from Toto Wolff and Williams, but not exactly unexpected. What really has angered me about Pastor Maldonado is that he has had several incidents in which they were clearly intentional on his part, yet he has never been banned in F1. Yet, as we all know, the FIA were quick to ban Roman Grosjean and its the unbalanced application of these penalties that annoys me.
    If the FIA really are serious about safety, then Maldonado’s move against Perez in Monaco should have resulted in a ban. It was intentional, just as Pastor’s coming together in Spa last year was with Hamilton. Mr Wolff’s comments for me are as close as an admission of Maldonado’s guilt as we are likely to get. Personally, I don’t like Pastor Maldonado. Yes, he is obviously talented, but having all that money behind him obviously makes him believe that he can do what he wants and that the rules do not apply to him.
    Mr Wolff’s comments come across also as if the team is trying to make excuses for Pastor, trying to justify having him at Williams despite winning the Spanish Grands Prix earlier this year. Naturally, the real justification for Williams is the millions of dollars worth of South American oil money Maldonado brings with him. Its almost as if Williams are admitting that they will except this bad behaviour as long as they get that financial backing and in truth, who could blame them!

    • Yet, as we all know, the FIA were quick to ban Roman Grosjean

      As martin brundle said on the sky broadcast at monza, the stewards took the seriousness of the outcomes of each accident into account.

      The outcome of Grosjean’s accident was a lot more serious than the outcome in any of Pastor’s previous incidents.
      His collisions with Hamilton at Spa last year & Perez at Monaco this year resulted in no real damage to either car & caused no larger problems. Grosjean’s move at Spa this year resulted in cars flying through the air & in his car flying past Alonso’s head in an incident that could easily have led to Alonso suffering serious, if not fatal injuries.

  5. “From one stupid, heated incident in Monaco…”

  6. scribbler (@scribbler) said on 18th September 2012, 16:20

    @keithcollantine , Sorry its a bit off topic but have you heard how the incoming Director General of the BBC has sacked the Woman responsible for halving the BBC’s live coverage of F1? or should i say responsible for the messing up the bbc’s excellent coverage format debacle.

    • JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III said on 18th September 2012, 23:51

      Great news though to late i fear, f1 is lost to ppv even with skys dismal ratings.

  7. Re: Maldonado will learn from mistakes:
    That’s a tired old song!
    The first thing Maldonado has to learn is that they are mistakes in the first place!
    Last time I heard him blurt out, “I’ll never change my style” and in the next race, he was being given his 7th penalty!

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