Maldonado: Williams are “back to three years ago”

2013 Australian Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Melbourne, 2013Pastor Maldonado said Williams have gone backwards after being eliminated during Q1 for the Australian Grand Prix.

“I think we’re back to three years ago condition in the team,” said Maldonado. “We need to work very hard to solve the problems.”

“The car is undriveable at the moment. We need to work very and see.”

Maldonado’s words are in contrast to his pre-season optimism when he described the FW35 as the best car he’d had.

“The track is completely different, the conditions, everything. For any reason we didn’t adapt our car to this track in whatever the conditions is,” he said today.

“On the wet we were slow, on the dry as well so we’ll see the pace for tomorrow seems to be much better but [qualifying] pace is really bad.”

Team mate Valtteri Bottas made it through to Q2, which will be held tomorrow morning due to a rain delay.

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44 comments on Maldonado: Williams are “back to three years ago”

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 16th March 2013, 8:30

    Strange. At the Barcalona test, he said its the best car he’s ever driven.

    I guess it’s a similar situation with Mclaren.

  2. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 16th March 2013, 8:30

    It’s still early days yet. I think we’ll get a better idea of where everyone stands in Malaysia, which is the first “normal” track of the season. However, Williams do seem to be well off the pace. They’re scrapping with the Torro Rossos and look well behind Force India and Sauber, which will certainly be a worry for them.

  3. N7 (@m77) said on 16th March 2013, 8:30

    Just a heads up, I think he said two years ago.

    It is such a shame, there were some good noises coming from Williams over winter testing…

  4. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 16th March 2013, 8:34

    OK so English is not his natural language but I’ve never known a driver talk so much rubbish, all the time.
    After a torrid 20mins on track, in performance equalizing conditions the car has gone from best car ever to blast from the past.
    How about this driver not having the skills to handle the conditions, unlike his rookie team mate?

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 16th March 2013, 9:49

      @psynrg

      After a torrid 20mins on track, in performance equalizing conditions the car has gone from best car ever to blast from the past.

      He has had three hours on Friday to test the car in the dry: during those hours, he and Bottas were seemingly unable to set-up the car properly, while they were able to do that in Montmelo, resulting in the bad handling he describes. That has to do with the major difference between a permanent track and a street circuit.

      What are you referring to with “I’ve never known a driver talk so much rubbish, all the time”? Can you give some examples instead of basing this on that unfounded claim?

      • Hairs (@hairs) said on 16th March 2013, 16:05

        The deliberate crash into Lewis Spa 2011 : “this is formula 1″ (**** eating grin, penalised by stewards)
        The deliberate crash into Perez, Monaco : “[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.” (Stewards found him guilty, fine and reprimand, Video clearly shows Maldonado swiping into Perez)
        Deliberate crash into Lewis, Valencia 2012 : “I was very quick at the end and he tried to put me out of the track. I tried to avoid the contact but I jumped over the kerb because he put me out of the track.” (Penalised again, video clearly shows him launching directly towards the side of Hamilton while his car was off track)

        Now he’s turning on the team for the fact that he’s been beaten by his rookie teammate. Didn’t get to set a lap on inters earlier? Guess what, Pastor, the team don’t hold you to ransom. There was nothing stopping you making your own call on tyres.

        I’ve said before I’ve got no time for this scumbag driver, and he only proves my point with every race that goes by. He treats his competitors, his engineers, and his team like c— and it couldn’t be clearer that without his Chavez money he wouldn’t be anywhere near an F1 paddock. I look forward to the day that the Venezualan parliament withdraw this funding.

        Put Suzie Wolff in the car. She’ll get beaten by Bottas too, but at least she won’t behave like a reprehensible, lying, dangerous scumbag while she’s doing it.

    • FragrantGimp said on 16th March 2013, 11:48

      He was faster than Bottas and putting in very good sector times before his crash.

      • pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 16th March 2013, 12:49

        The secret is not to crash (you know like Bottas didn’t crash), not really Williams’ fault.

        Great way to get the team psyched up for the season ahead – tell them they’ve built a useless car. As I say, talking rubbish as usual – a verbal crash waiting to happen, much like his on track prowess.

  5. timi (@timi) said on 16th March 2013, 8:41

    Wow

    . Just a tad harsh Maldonado!! Think about the engineers’/mechanics’ feelings

  6. John H (@john-h) said on 16th March 2013, 8:42

    I’m sure his team are going to love these comments. Wasn’t he confidently predicting top 10 in qualy?

    I’m going to enjoy Bottas pasting him this season.

  7. rabbit (@rabbit) said on 16th March 2013, 8:43

    Williams are in a sorry state . Can’t blame Maldonado for being slower than Bottas though . He was doing his lap with the inters when Gutierrez crashed .

  8. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 16th March 2013, 8:48

    I think in winter testing he said it was very easy to drive, though I never quite heard them say they would be fast. I guess driveable + slow = undriveable somehow.

    • Solo (@solo) said on 2nd April 2013, 9:26

      Yeah i dislike this stuff. Some drivers give you the impression they understand nothing on how the car behaves and are just happy when it’s fast while they complain that is undriveable when slow when actually they are just irradiated they ain’t fast and not because the car is undriveable.
      He was braising the car before all the time saying how easy was to drive and now his saying it’s undriveable. Well then *** where you doing in the test dude?

  9. TMF (@tmf42) said on 16th March 2013, 9:04

    Maldonado and Bottas don’t rank high on my list of drivers who can improve a car. Imo, they’d need a seasoned TD or 2nd driver who could help car development. Like they had with Wurz in 2007.

  10. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 16th March 2013, 9:32

    The car is undriveable at the moment

    you had a very good one last year but instead of driving it properly you were busy in making crashes and stupid mistakes
    So enjoy now !!!!!!

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 16th March 2013, 13:15

      Dont know why you’re comment cracked me up

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 16th March 2013, 15:58

      +1 Maldonado wasted that car badly in 2012. His “speed” is nothing without the ability to deliver decent points.

      • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 16th March 2013, 17:12

        +1 ma
        That car was even faster than the Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus in some races .
        I don’t know but this guy has an attitude that makes him hard to respect
        In the last couple of years he had never admit his faults and he kept saying a “that’s racing….”
        He throw away valuable points because of stupid mistakes and now in the first qualifying session and in wet condition he begins criticizing his team
        I don’t know if this is the effect of the “CASH”

  11. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 16th March 2013, 9:50

    Sorry to all Pastor fans, but these words clearly are unfitting of an F1 driver. We had one wet session, in which he made mistakes(whilst Bottas didn’t). He should have remembered that he had said that the FW35 was a step-up from last year’s car, that it was the best car he’d driven.
    Frankly, the guys in the mid-grid should shut up and drive. This isn’t 2012, already we can see that the top 4 teams are far ahead. So chances of repeating the results from 2012 is a tough call to all these teams. Pastor’s words will not go down well with the Williams guys.
    It is probably too early to say but I think this is the start of a downward spiral for him. With a rookie teammate well capable of beating him, and without the riches of Hugo Chavez(may his soul rest in peace) this might be a difficult period for him. I hope for his sake that it doesn’t happen.

  12. Chris (@vintly) said on 16th March 2013, 10:09

    Made yourself look bad, annoyed the team and bosses, gave your rivals a boost, and a huge confidence boost to your rookie team-mate. Oops.

    Go Bottas!

  13. Beto (@chebeto0) said on 16th March 2013, 11:32

    Wow! Making excuses now? What does he want to say with “the car is undrivable at the moment”? I mean, maybe it’s not as good as last year’s car. But to go as far as calling it “undrivable”? I think he wants to make himself be seen as a hero if he suddenly starts to perform well with an “underperforming” car like Alonso did last year.
    I’m sorry for the fans from Maldonado, but his words did make me a bit anrgy.

  14. Gazzaguru (@garygushbiz-com) said on 16th March 2013, 12:07

    Unfortunately most F1 drivers are prima donnas (temperamental & conceited person) – when things go well it’s all due to their own driving ability. Unfortunately when things go badly it always the car & the rest of the team.
    It’s not the best way of endearing yourself to your current team or any other potential teams if you’re still an unproven driver.

  15. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 16th March 2013, 12:34

    I’m really disappointed with these comments. To say the team’s ‘condition’ is back to three years ago is absolute madness…it’s a very unrepresentative track that’s covered in water!

    It’s a shame, because when he’s good, he’s one of my favourites – but it seems his anger and recklessness on track is all tied in with his behaviour off it. This is just a knee jerk reaction, I’m hoping, but seriously…

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