Maldonado has been far more controversial and less consistent than Perez.
I’m also not surprised to see that the age factor is is once again ignored when comparing Perez to Hulkenburg, or Di Resta and Kobayashi for that matter. Nico Hulkenburg is more consistent, so what? The fact that he is 25 while Sergio Perez is 22 shouldn’t be ignored.
Funnily enough, despite being 3 years younger than Hulkenburg, and 4 years younger than Di Resta and Kobayashi, Perez has already achieved more in his career than most of these guys ever will, and by the time Perez is Kobayahi’s current age (26) he’ll be world champion already.
Anyone wanna bet? You can mark my words.