Maldonado eager for closer competition

2014 Monaco Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Pastor Maldonado is hoping the competition between the leading teams closes up in the coming races.

Mercedes have begun the season with the biggest performance advantage in 16 years, but Maldonado is yet to score a point or make it beyond Q1 in his Lotus so far.

“It’s difficult because ultimately the rules are the same for everyone,” he said, “but I would like the performance of the cars to be closer”.

“That is the main thing. Whatever the cars, whatever the teams, we need better competition. That’s certainly what we’re pushing for as a team; to be closer to the front.”

Lotus head into Monaco with some optimism after what Maldonado described as “our first ‘normal’ test without any problems” in Spain earlier this week.

“It was really important and a very positive test because we learnt so much more about the car,” Maldonado explained. “Everything is getting better and better in my opinion.”

The test had also given Lotus some insight into how Pirelli’s revised tyres will handle on the streets of Monaco.

“We’re also going to face a big challenge as the tyres are harder than those we’ve used in Monaco in the past,” he said.

“In Barcelona we ran with the super-soft and were able to finish the lap without causing problems for the tyres, which was not the case in the past. So that’ll be a big question mark.

“For sure Mercedes is the strongest team at the moment but we are focused and pushing hard to catch them.”

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46 comments on Maldonado eager for closer competition

  1. Mike (@mike) said on 16th May 2014, 15:35

    Pastor, finishing at all would be practically a miracle for you….. Not hitting anyone is the way improve.

  2. JackJ said on 16th May 2014, 15:36

    Gutierrez might beg to differ.

  3. Alan Miller (@alanmiller) said on 16th May 2014, 15:38

    What is he talking about? He so close to the competition that he can’t avoid hitting them!

  4. Rigi (@rigi) said on 16th May 2014, 15:56

    perhaps he means closer competition to the wall. he’s been battling with it all career long. so far it always won as soon as he got really close to it.

  5. Gordon (@gfreeman) said on 16th May 2014, 15:59

    Maldonado/Crashtor/[etc.] jokes in 3… 2… 1…

  6. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 16th May 2014, 16:07

    Not sure if the others want to be closer to you, mate…

  7. Andy (@turbof1) said on 16th May 2014, 16:27

    “For sure Mercedes is the strongest team at the moment but we are focused and pushing hard to catch them.”

    Oh no… he’s pushing hard? He wants to catch them?

    Now we know why Mercedes wants to keep a large gap.

  8. Pete (@repete86) said on 16th May 2014, 16:40

    He’s only really satisfied when the competition’s close enough to touch.

  9. Fumbles (@) said on 16th May 2014, 16:45

    Wow, with 9 comments there’s 7 crash jokes, one +1, and a warning that there’ll be crash jokes. Ain’t you guys sweet.

    • Oople said on 16th May 2014, 16:53

      And one more comment commenting on the number of crash comments :P

      • Fumbles (@) said on 16th May 2014, 18:23

        Can’t win :P

      • John H (@john-h) said on 16th May 2014, 18:27

        And my comment on your comment about that comment on the crash comments.

        It’s sad that Maldonado isn’t taken seriously anymore, but at the same time it’s 100% deserved.

        • NickF12013 (@nickf12013) said on 16th May 2014, 18:37

          Yeah I remember the time Grosjean wasn’t being taken seriously either.

          • John H (@john-h) said on 16th May 2014, 23:56

            Indeed @nickf12013. Pastor just needs to take some responsibility for his actions, just like Grosjean did. I always think with Pastor there’s a likeable character there, but he needs to have a joke about himself and take some of the blame now and again.

            I was kind of hoping he would show some remorse after the Gutierrez incident but there wasn’t really any. There’s only so many chances a guy gets until the F1 fans will just give up.

          • aka_robyn said on 17th May 2014, 0:07

            @john-h He really has no incentive to take responsibility for his actions. Why should he? He brings so much money, he’ll have a seat no matter what he does or how he behaves!

          • Pete (@repete86) said on 18th May 2014, 0:29

            Grosjean knew when he was in the wrong and worked to correct it. It was clear that he was upset with himself in the post-incident interviews. Maldonado aggressively insists that it’s always the other driver’s fault without fail, even when driving straight into the side of someone like with Gutierrez in Bahrain.

    • Breno (@austus) said on 17th May 2014, 2:18

      By any chance, has Maldonado been involved in 7 seven crashes so far?

      • DaveD (@daved) said on 18th May 2014, 15:16

        7 crashes plus some off track “excursions”. All in 5 races. That’s a very sad record and one he takes no responsibility for which is the main reason everyone is so hard on him.

  10. Kimoni Nakamoto (@) said on 16th May 2014, 17:13

    Statistics on the crashiest drivers in F1 history might be an entertaining read on a slow news day… can Maldonado compete with the likes of Taki Inoue, Andrea De Cesaris, Jody Scheckter et al?

    • Neil (@neilosjames) said on 16th May 2014, 17:31

      Was wondering the other day if Maldonado will ever ‘reform’ like Scheckter did.

      Can’t see it myself.

      • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 17th May 2014, 0:10

        Agreed. Reformation by Maldonado would be so much more probable if he would simply accept responsibility for his driving errors. Until he admits his mistakes, he dooms himself to avoid correcting them. That is why we see so many crash comments and such with any Maldonado story. How can he be taken seriously?

        On the other hand, watching Grosjean reform his driving style and become a very good, fast and reliable driver has been quite gratifying.

  11. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 16th May 2014, 17:19

    but I would like the performance of the cars to be closer

    Well, Maldonado is always close to other cars, maybe too close.

  12. Eric (@fletch) said on 16th May 2014, 20:17

    The thing that gets me about Pastor is that I don’t trust his opinion on how a test or how a car performs. Ever since he called the Williams last year the best car ever I just can’t believe him

  13. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 16th May 2014, 20:21

    Guys guys, get this… you’re gonna love this…

    Maybe for Pastor, getting close to the competition is part of the problem!!

    Am I right guys?!

    Guys…?

  14. Barry Miller (@bmk1586) said on 16th May 2014, 21:41

    Hahaha, really. I knew those comments were coming. What is Maldanado thinking…..

  15. Wesley (@wesley) said on 16th May 2014, 23:16

    Here is a (blog) thread of proof.Maldonado’s words carry no weight ;)

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