Maldonado: Williams rely too much on me

Pastor Maldonado committed to Williams

Pastor Maldonado committed to Williams

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado insists that he does not feel threatened by the rising stature of his rookie teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Young Bottas grabbed the headlines in Montreal recently when he qualified third, amid a profile already on the rise due to his form alongside Venezuelan Maldonado, the more experienced driver and 2012 Barcelona winner.

But Maldonado countered: “The conditions benefitted Valtteri in Canada.”

“It doesn’t mean he’s faster [or that] I’m slower. Our car is quite difficult, but I don’t need to prove anything to anybody,” the 28-year-old, who like Bottas is yet to score a single point in 2013, is quoted by Brazil’s Globo Esporte.

In fact, Maldonado argues that Williams is leaning on him too hard, due to Bottas’ inexperience.

Pastor Maldonado versus Lewis Hamilton in Spain

Pastor Maldonado versus Lewis Hamilton in Spain

“They rely too much on me,” he said. “In fact, I am responsible for all the technical testing of the car because I have more knowledge and experience with the team.”

His comments coincide with rumours that Maldonado, backed by millions in sponsorship from PDVSA, has been earmarked by Lotus as a potential successor to the possibly Red Bull-bound Kimi Raikkonen.

However, Maldonado insisted: “It’s not the time to plan where I will be in 2014.

“I sincerely hope to continue for a few more years at Williams. It is the team that gave me the opportunity to be in Formula 1, and I got my first and so far only victory with them.”

“I believe we have the potential to win more with this team,” he added. (GMM)

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  • Butterfly

    The need Alonso. Then they’d be winning races again.

  • Ahmed

    This articles headline should read “crashdonado: I’m only here becuase williams relies on my sponsorship money”. ‘Paydrivers’ are diluting th calibre of formula one drivers.

  • MacStar227

    Relying too much on the big M, look where they are now.

  • Tamburello_1994

    It’s not you Pastor, it’s PDVSA.

  • bunko

    Pastor’s stupidity really shows in his comments. He proudly says that he is responsible for “ALL technical testing of the car”. Which puts a good chunk of the blame on him as to why their current car is so bad. His poor technical feedback clearly misled their engineers and destroyed the evolution of their race winning 2012 car (developed by Barrichello)

    As mentioned by others, I also think its more a case of Williams relying on PDVSA than him as a driver. He has crashed that car more times than his rookie team mate so far.

  • Butterfly

    “The need Alonso. Then they’d be winning races again.” – not my post.

  • Butterfly

    bunko:

    Well, he’s arrogant.

  • bamza

    Rely on him to wreck perfectly ood race cars n spout crap. Shoulda kept Lubens partner Bottas

  • hillside

    Pastor should replace Checo at mclaren next year

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Alonso would not even close to podium in such a car.

  • Emmanuel Rubi

    He will never be at a top team, he better try to get in Nascar, Sergio has more reasons to be at Mclaren there is no chance he will be replaced by this joke of a driver.

  • Junior Johnson

    I must agree on Hillside that Maclaren should get mr Maldonado.He is very fast as we can see from last year when he won a race.Perez has not won a race so I would say mr Maldonado is much better.And to win a race in a Williams is so amazeing just imagine what mr Maldonado could do in a red bull!Hillside I like what you say and also sometimes you are very funny so you seem like a very clever good guy.Alonso is slow I cannot agree with you that Alonso is slow otherwise how can he win so much.i think that you are somehow angry with Alonso.i dont want to say but I think I know why what is wrong with you.But you are rite about mr Maldonado been hansim but are you serius about that other part.i dont know if you are joking or if you reely have some problems

  • Butterfly

    OMG, visz963 is coming out.

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