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GP Week : Issue 164
GPWEEK: You earned a drive- thru penalty when you nudged Paul di Resta’s car at Turn 12. What happened? PASTOR MALDONADO: I was on the limit racing di Resta when I locked the brakes and lost some grip, but I was on the inside of the corner and so there was some light contact. How do you respond to critics who say you’re too aggressive? Difficult to say. If we can think about Valencia, I was in a difficult position. I was one lap from the end and three seconds quicker than Lewis. I tried to gain the position, he tried to defend, and I think it was a normal race contact. In Silverstone I was very unlucky because I lost the car on the entry of the corner and unfortunately Perez was on the outside or the corner. Perez was very angry about it. Have you two spoken since? Yeah we spoke about it for two or three minutes before we went to the stewards. All clear. I think everyone saw it wasn’t intentional, even him. We’ve been big contenders before, especially in GP2 and here again. I understand his point, he was angry, he lost his race and so am I. I’m not here to do polemics, I’m here to race and to win. You’ve only scored twice in 11 races. Are you worried about this lack of consistency? I think for sure we’ve not been consistent. At the beginning I made a couple of mistakes, like in Australia when I was sixth I think and crashed on the last lap. Before this season, though, after the horrible year last year, we didn’t expect to win. We’ve been not always at the top but near the top especially since Barcelona. I just need to be focused for the second part of the season and keep our target for the car. We just need to recover, put everything together, and we haven’t the last few races. We need to learn from the mistakes. Do you think you make too many mistakes? They’re normal mistakes. If you look at other drivers, they’ve done the same in the past. How useful is it that Williams has a driver coach in Alex Wurz, and is that something you’re taking advantage of? Especially for the team, the engineers as well, he looks at what the other teams are doing and transmits that message to the drivers. He’s very experienced, he helps a lot, but it’s difficult to manage the race situation because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the race. But it’s good to have an experienced person like him in the team. Doyoufeelyouhaveabitofa reputation in the paddock for causing accidents? Before I won the race [in Spain] nobody was here [interviewing me], now everyone is here. This is racing, you know. I made a couple of mistakes, that’s it. I will try to do my best as always. Sometimes it hasn’t worked out as I expected, but the important thing is we’re very quick and we must stay like that. 5 MINUTES WITH PASTOR MALDONADO ADAM HAY-NICHOLLS asks the Spanish Grand Prix winner why he has been unable to score since, and whether he’s too crash-happy. 5 MINUTES 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: