Maldonado accepts blame for pit crash

2014 Chinese Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014Pastor Maldonado admitted his crash on the way into the pits during the second practice session in China was his own mistake.

“The incident this afternoon was a mistake from my side,” said the Lotus driver.

“I was a little optimistic on the entry to the pits, and the run off is quite short, but that’s how it is. It’s a tricky part of the track and we’ve seen incidents there before.”

Maldonado had an eventful start to the weekend on Friday as he also spun his car after driving off the track at turn nine while changing the settings on his steering wheel.

However he was pleased with the progress he made during the two sessions and believes a top ten finish is a realistic prospect.

“We tried different set-ups in the car and completely different philosophies so now we have more data to analyse and look at in preparation for tomorrow,” he said.

“The car is improving – the power unit seems to be better and more consistent – so we’re making good progress. Our quali mode is better, which is something we are working on, so hopefully this weekend will be much better for us. Points are realistic, so we’ll do our best to achieve that.”

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70 comments on Maldonado accepts blame for pit crash

  1. Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 18th April 2014, 11:53

    Well, thats got to be a first hasn’t it?

    • Jake (@jleigh) said on 18th April 2014, 14:35

      Indeed, surprised he didn’t blame the dangerous pit entry. Although there were a few slightly critical comments such as “the run-off is too short” and “we’ve seen incidents there before”.

  2. I wouldn’t want to be in Maldonado’s shoes. After last race he distract’s himself with the wheel buttons and goes out of the circuit?! Twice?!? And, to finalize he hits the wall in the pit’s entry? Oh my… isn’t obvious that he needs psychological counselling? I hope he doesn’t continue with the escalate tomorrow.

  3. Deurmat (@deurmat) said on 18th April 2014, 11:57

    How long till this guy actually does some major damage???

  4. Hemz Shaw (@hemzshaw) said on 18th April 2014, 11:58

    This man is a constantly moving threat.. someone either get him out or make others immune. Dont want him to come close to anyone tomorrow, especially the ForceIndias (i have a gut feeling that he will)..

  5. Pete (@repete86) said on 18th April 2014, 11:58

    Hell has just frozen over.

  6. Sam (@) said on 18th April 2014, 12:05

    I sometimes wonder whether he has fans in Venezuela. He drives like a chicken without a head while spending the country it’s oil funds.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 18th April 2014, 13:45

      Agree.. don’t know if Venezuela is actually proud to be represented by some of Pastor’s calibre and character.

      Don’t think his single win can make up for a career of moronity (new word i think?)

    • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 18th April 2014, 14:17

      So a chicken without a head is capable of winning a grand prix, that is very very impressive.

    • Nene_YVoVE said on 18th April 2014, 18:45

      Well, as a Venezuelan i can answer ur question, and the answer is YES. And the reason is the same why maybe you support your national teams: supporting what u believe is yours. Howewer, I can tell u that approximately half people in Venezuela doesn´t like him, but the hate is not related with racing, it´s all about politics. Sadly, many venezuelans want him to go bad, because his mistakes and crashes are equivalent to mistakes and crashes of the government, that sposors his carreer through PDVSA. PDVSA not only sponsors him, supports also all the categories of the national footbal, baseball and baskeball teams, all the olympic athletes and so on. At least all of u guys that comment about him here have reasons (that I consider valid) to criticize him based in his performance on track (some with more or less respect). Ironically, the day he received the most negatives comments and opinions here in Venezuela was the day he won in Spain. For me (and many others), a 20 year Formula 1 fan and a obsessed F1 2012 online player, having Maldonado in F1 is a big pride. A driver from a non-traditional country, with an impressive record in junior categories, 2010 GP2 Champion, certainly needed the push towards F1, at least as a bet. Despite his win in 2012, Pastor didn´t have a good 2013 and rigth now is not at his best. Certainly Pastor is not the most focused and the best strrategist driver, but certainly has a lot in the pace/skills/guts departments. And we´re waiting him to settle down to see his best.

      • GB (@bgp001ruled) said on 18th April 2014, 19:21

        yeah! the government should spent even more money supporting him…

      • 1bread 8 said on 18th April 2014, 22:43

        That,’s why you country is in a big turmoil , because the goverment keeps waisting the money in programs and sponsorships that does not return nothing to the country , I tell you what , Venezuela and F1 do not need Maldonado , but Venezuela for sure needs those 40 millions a year . That’s ” dinero Mal donado ” !!!!!!

      • Don’t listen to this guy, he’s pro goverment. As a Venezuelan i can tell you, at first we admired him a lot because he really was good on junior but the F1 it’s too big for him and the goverment stills support him just for publicity and to make himself look good over seas, as a Venezuelan i can tell you. We’re not proud of him, not even the goverment because he’s not as public as, let’s say Gustavo Dudamel who’s in absolutely everything. We’re ashamed because we could do best.

  7. andrewf1 (@andrewf1) said on 18th April 2014, 12:06

    I expected him to say “well you know, I had cold tyres and the barrier misjudged my braking point and came out of nowhere so I had no place to go” – Pastor Maldonado, the Legend.

  8. Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 18th April 2014, 12:11

    He’s a dangerous driver because he seems to lack spatial awareness. The pace is there, obviously, but everyone in F1 has speed. Spatial awareness is vital if you want to be a great racing driver and Pastor is way of the mark in this department. If he keeps this up, he will injure either himself or someone else.

    • Mark in Florida said on 18th April 2014, 16:10

      Yes he is a dangerous driver, his real calling in life might be to drive in NASCAR. At least if he crashes into someone it’s not necessarily life threatening in a 3500 pound car. And as a bonus the guys in NASCAR don’t mind knocking one of your teeth out, just ask Kurt Busch. Yeah he does have some talent for driving just not in F1.

  9. Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 18th April 2014, 12:13

    Whatever Pastor, whatever…

  10. DC (@dc) said on 18th April 2014, 12:23

    Was this the same place Hamilton ran off trying to get back into the pits to change a flat? This was 2007, I think, when he could have won the championship.

  11. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 18th April 2014, 12:26

    Finally! Declare a holiday in Venezuela! :)

  12. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 18th April 2014, 12:32

    “Crashing isn’t always bad though” – Victoria Maldonado :)

  13. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 18th April 2014, 12:39

    Whilst the car looked like a complete handful, and quite frankly utterly rubbish. I shall give him some credit for at least accepting the blame and copping it on the chin for once.

    He rarely ever declares himself to blame, so I guess he couldn’t really blame the armco for jumping out and crashing him? lol

  14. maarten.f1 (@maarten-f1) said on 18th April 2014, 12:54

    Very funny @keithcollantine, except April fool’s was a couple of weeks ago :P There’s just no way Maldonado would accept the blame for something.

    • David BR2 said on 18th April 2014, 14:15

      It’s seriously shocking that this guy is allowed anywhere near any kind of race track. In the first incident he takes his hand of the wheel to fiddle with some button or other and forgets to turn into the corner. Is this really a racing driver? Or indeed a driver of any kind? In the second he powers in too fast and crashes – just like the teenage drivers who’s wrecked cars end up on display on the side of a road bend in the mornings here in Brazil every so often. A dangerous liability – and someone someday could wll have to pay the price for FIA’s leniency.

      • Tendai said on 18th April 2014, 14:59

        Love the way he says “I crashed ” on the second video .

        • Prof Kirk (@prof-kirk) said on 18th April 2014, 23:49

          love the response from the engineer
          “Oh? Okay…”

          If you listen closely you can actually hear his engineers thoughts
          Mark Slade – “Alright, pit in this lap Pastor”
          MAL – “I Crash”
          Slade – “Oh? [what?! Crash? he was just coming into pit la... ah well it is Maldonado..] Okay…”

      • maarten.f1 (@maarten-f1) said on 18th April 2014, 16:28

        Didn’t Lewis Hamilton crash into the back of Raikkonen at the end of the pit lane once? Yes, it’s a silly error from Maldonado, however, mistakes happen to everyone.

        Don’t get me wrong though, it wouldn’t be a great loss to Formula 1 if he leaves, but he is a race winner, and there aren’t many drivers who can say that. And when all the stars are aligned properly, he sure can drive.

        • Tim M (@tim-m) said on 18th April 2014, 16:59

          Yes, and it put them both out of the race. I seem to remember Kimi saw the pit light, and dodged Kubica. Kimi’s reaction to Lewis was priceless.

        • David BR2 said on 18th April 2014, 18:00

          I agree about mistakes being normal, it’s the absence of any sense of responsibility and learning that seems problematic. Hamilton’s crash into Raikkonen was absurd, but also more understandable given the poorly located pit lights, the absurd release system then in place, and the fact they were under intense racing conditions. Driving off the track at relatively slow speed because you can’t concentrate and multi-task – given the importance of these practice sessions for Lotus – just baffles me. And seems ominous given Maldonado’s long history of causing problems on the track. I just feel his punishment for slamming into another car and spinning it over was too slight and that indulgence by FIA of his lack of due concentration and care is reflected in the mistakes he’s still making two weeks later.

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 18th April 2014, 15:52

      TO be frank I am not bothered about these kinds of incidents where he only damages his car as PDVSA can give $()!# loads of money to fix the car up . I am bothered when he ends a driver’s race or at this rate even someone’s life .The next time he does something like this in a race please black flag him or give a race ban .

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 18th April 2014, 20:45

      Hang on a second…. I thought they all had the new screens on the steering wheel this year? That looks like last year’s wheel!

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