Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014

Maldonado says Gutierrez left him “nowhere to go”

2014 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Pastor Maldonado says Esteban Gutierrez could have done more to prevent the contact between the pair during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Lotus and Sauber drivers collided at turn one on lap 41 of the race as Maldonado emerged from the pits. Gutierrez’s car rolled over in the impact but Maldonado was able to finish the race.

The stewards held Maldonado responsible for the collision and handed him a penalty during the race, and penalty for the next race, and endorsement points on his licence.

However Maldonado said after the race he was not entirely to blame for the crash.

“We will need to have a look again at what happened as Esteban seemed to be off his line coming into turn one – maybe he missed his braking point, I don’t know – and by then I was in the corner with nowhere to go.

“For sure it’s difficult to understand and I was coming out from the pits and with cold tyres. I think he was very unlucky and it’s good he jumped straight out of the car.”

Gutierrez has been released from hospital having been taken there for further checks following his admission to the circuit’s medical centre.

“I was completely surprised that Pastor, who came out of the pits, ran into me,” he said.

“I was clearly in front of him. I turned into the corner and I was suddenly hit and I rolled over. There was nothing much I could do.”

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108 comments on “Maldonado says Gutierrez left him “nowhere to go””

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  1. Get this lunatic out of the sport.

    What a disgusting set of comments when he almost killed a driver with blatent stupidity.

    At least when Grosjean used his car like a missile he had the sense to apologise.

  2. How is this psychopath gets a 5 spot grid penalty for flipping Guitierrez and Ricchiardo gets a 10 spot penalty for having a loose wheel. Ricchiardo stopped before it fell off and fixed it! Maldanado is obviously a greater danger.

  3. Many times I just didn’t even know where he was because there’s a big dead angle when you’re this close. So many times I didn’t know where he was and then he’d suddenly reappear again.

    That’s Nico Rosberg (from Motor Sport’s race report) describing his duel with Hamilton.

    Has visibility got worse with the new cars? Or is it just as bad as ever? (It’s pretty bad, judging by Gutierrez’s “Woah! What was that?” (That, my friend, was Maldonado.)

    The new LMP sportscar regulations have made improvements to vision, and maybe F1 should follow their lead and look into this again.

  4. What gets me is his bloody-minded arrogance. In incidences like this he completely believes he is entitled the right of way. I can’t believe it’s been _years_ that I’ve been saying that he shouldn’t be on the grid.
    I really feel bad for lotus for having decided to hitch their wagon to this train-wreck for the year.

    1. they are paying for having him in the team .. .not money but championship points.

  5. Shipmonster
    7th April 2014, 12:47

    1- Mal should have a race ban for that move, even if GUT was in the wrong (which he wasn’t) just hold off and let the stewards take care of him. This ain’t a video game Pastor!

    2- Bring on the nose is now too low discussion….

  6. I think from now on teams will be telling their drivers “There is Maldonado on track! Be careful, and wait until he drives away”.
    These are absolutely not acceptable comments like this. Terrible racer, terrible man.

  7. Is Pastor Maldonado the only driver in history for whom an “unsafe release” is any where he is allowed on track…..?

  8. Michael Brown (@)
    7th April 2014, 17:53

    I supported him in 2012 because he had shown great speed, but now in his fourth year he still hasn’t done anything about getting into incidents

  9. Maldonado is stupid it was his fault for the crash he left the pit lane and got straight into Esteban way. An irresponsible drive from Pastor this time let’s hope that he bounce back.

  10. Dennis the menace (@)
    8th April 2014, 3:16

    One issue I haven’t heard anyone touch on is the FIA stance on this. Malanaldo ran straight into a car in an accident that should have never happened and flipped a car putting a driver in hospital and he gets a drive through and 5 place grid penalty. The week before Ricciardo at no fault of his gets released with a loose wheel nut and immediately pushed back to the pit (not causing any harm to anyone but himself) and he gets given a stop and go penalty and a 10 place grid penalty. Wake up FIA, seriously.

  11. is Pastor Maldonado related to Maduro?
    They speak the same way, denying the reality.
    they live in another world.

  12. He should be F1’s crash test dummy next year.

  13. Crashtor Malfunctionado
    8th April 2014, 12:42

    Gutierrez: “Whoa! What was that?”

    Brundle: “Its a Maldonado!”

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