Maldonado: I accumulate energy and explode, but it’s not that I am crazy

Pastor Maldonado in Austin

Pastor Maldonado in Austin

Venezuelan Formula 1 driver Pastor Maldonado has blamed a surge of stress and pent-up emotion for the harsh and accusatory words he levelled at his Williams team over the U.S. Grand Prix weekend in Austin.

Maldonado had suggested that Williams might have sabotaged his car in Saturday qualifying as an explanation for why Finnish rookie team mate Valtteri Bottas had performed so much better than him.

Bottas qualified ninth, and finished eighth for his first points in F1, while the Venezuelan started 18th and failed to score in the race.

“Sometimes you get too stressed, and sometimes you value only the moment, but there is always something behind it and after three years you explode,” Maldonado told reporters after the race in Austin.

Pastor Maldonado speaks to media during US GP weekend

Pastor Maldonado speaks to the media during US GP weekend

“I think I accumulate energy and explode. But it’s not that I am crazy and I start to say many things like that.

“It [the criticism] was wrong from my side, because I respect them for three years and they respect me,” added the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix winner. “But sometimes I get so stressed, especially during the week with the announcement [that] I was leaving the team.”

Williams had announced last Monday that Brazilian Felipe Massa was joining from Ferrari to replace Maldonado, who had wanted to leave and has scored just one point in the season’s 18 races to date.

The Venezuelan has been linked to Lotus, who are still waiting for new investment to come on board, and cash-strapped Sauber.

Pastor Maldonado spent the US GP at the wrong end of the field

Pastor Maldonado spent the US GP at the wrong end of the field

Both teams would welcome the many millions of sponsorship that Maldonado brings with him from Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

Maldonado said that he wanted to stay friends with Williams, the only team he has driven for in Formula 1 since his debut in 2011.

“I have big friends here, maybe the only friends I have in F1, and we pass maybe the best time of my career together and the worst time of my career together,” he added.

“There are some people at the team that I don’t like, but maybe they don’t like me as well. But it is like a family. In a family you can have some differences.” (Reuters)

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  • Spartacus

    Lots of people don’t like you, mate. Lots more don’t want you to be in F1 at all.
    Best thing for you to do is go to your bathroom and take a good look at yourself.
    Then keep looking. And just stay in that bathroom.
    Don’t ever come out.

  • McLarenfan

    Crazy he is a Paranoid Psycho I wouldn’t trust him with a £100 banger from a scrap yard his accusations against Williams proves he is off his rocker. Get him out and let Susie Wolff have the car in Brazil.

  • TWD

    Crashtor Maldonoodle

  • Tamburello_1994

    Freak.

  • John

    Last week he was ‘very happy to be leaving williams has he gave thm more thn they gave him’ but ths week th story changes to that he ws stressed by the news tht he ws being replaced…. Yeah he’s definitely crazy

  • MacStar

    with a $40mil purse, hey who’s boss?

  • Fritzo

    Maldonado: the word ‘mal’ in the Afrikaans language mean ‘grazy’ nado means ‘goining somewhere’ Gracy going somewhere

  • Spartacus

    He was happy to be leaving Williams when he thought his money was going to buy a seat somewhere else. Now that Hulkenburg is apparently linked to that seat it leaves him with nowhere to go!

  • jurrabi

    That’s a very poor excuse, man.

    An outburst is what Hamilton did with his engineer during the race.

    What you did is simply paranoid accusations that reveal that you are not fit to be a Formula 1 driver.

    It’s that simple.

  • the fan

    “I have big friends here, maybe the only friends I have in F1, and we pass maybe the best time of my career together and the worst time of my career together,”

    yeah you have a few friends, but I think after this, you’ll have no friend at all.

  • johans

    Its called self control, most adults have it…

  • TarasT

    Maldonado should see the same psychologist Grosjean does.

  • captain tortuga

    @TarasT : i think a neurologist is a better fit for this nutter.

    As someone else said here before.. “He’s on planet Zanussi” :P

  • PB

    Goodbye PM

  • McLarenfan

    @TarasT:
    Paranoid Psychonado would need a full psychiatric team and even they would struggle without massive shock therapy!