Williams designer Coughlan defends Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34 is craned away. Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday 27 May 2012.Dec.14 (GMM) Williams‘ technical chief Mike Coughlan has defended incident prone grand prix winner Pastor Maldonado.

Venezuelan Maldonado won this year’s Spanish Grand Prix, but he has also had a tumultuous season littered with mistakes.

The 27-year-old, who carries significant PDVSA sponsorship, has been retained for 2013.

“We win as a team and lose as a team,” Briton Coughlan is quoted by Speed Week.

“Of course we’ve been through some difficult situations together and he will have learned from it. But it’s not our style to point the finger at someone.

“It could just as well be argued that if we had given him a better car, he would not have been battling in the midfield so often.”

Overall, Williams’ 2012 season (76 points, 8th in the constructors’ championship) was much better than 2011 (5 points, 9th).

“The biggest advantage has been the Renault engine – light, powerful, reliable,” said Coughlan, referring to the switch from Cosworth power.

“It meant we were able to focus entirely on aerodynamic development, and it paid off.”

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  • Not Bernie

    Maldonado crashed the car doing street demos! It’s on YouTube.

    He’s one of those drivers who is either a hero or a zero. You can’t denny that he’s put in some really good performances, but if it weren’t for Grosjean you’d be criticising him for being F1’s crash kid!

  • McLarenfan

    Maldonado is fast at times but he is also a danger to all around him when his brain disengages.