The Venezuelan is often criticised not only for his image as the most powerful ‘pay driver’ on the grid, but also his apparent tendency to crash often.
Situation revolved – Role as victim
Last incident happened at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at turn 1 – following the crash, the victim Maldonado says that, his first corner DNF at the hands of Fernando Alonso would have been ‘bigger news’ had it been the other way around.
The collision resulted, Alonso was handed a drive-through penalty, the victim Maldonado forced to stop race following breaking the suspension on his Lotus.
“It’s sad to end the race in the first corner because we were looking good for the race,” he said. “In qualifying we tend to miss a few tenths and then come strong in the race and show that we have top ten pace. We had a good strategy to go with the pace, but anyway this is racing and it can happen.”
“To be honest, I didn’t see the contact I just felt it in the back of the car from Fernando,” he said.
“I tried to restart but then I saw the suspension damage. Imagine if it that incident had been the other way round, it would’ve been big news then!”
Crashes, mistakes and unreliable Stewards decision is ‘part of the game’
“It is a difficult one,” Maldonado, who will race for the Lotus-turned-Renault team in 2016, said.
“On the track it is always a competition and I always want to gain places or to defend. It is a part of the game, especially when we are fighting closely for position.
“Fighting with some drivers is easier than some other ones. I try to be competitive and hard on the track… there are some drivers that are hard on the track, like Fernando, and when you fight with him he is very hard.
“We are all here for the same objective. When I do a mistake without touching anyone, everybody is surprised and this is the news of the day. Other drivers crash and have incidents, nothing happens. Look at Bottas and Kimi – two times, but now all quiet and normal. Simple race incident, I have a stupid contact, everyone is ‘argh’.
“They [Stewards] have different views at different races. I saw during the year so many crashes and incidents against two different drivers and they were maybe not that hard on the decisions. Sometimes with me they are a bit harder, but it is part of the game.”