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GP Week : Issue 183
Pastor Maldonado won’t remember Tabac as the sweet smelling cologne created by Mäurer & Wirtz after the corner going by the same name ended is Monaco Grand Prix on lap 40. Exiting the Nouvelle Chicane, Maldonado had a run on the Marussia of Max Chilton heading towards the left-hander at Tabac, but was left wrong -footed out the outside of Chilton on the entry to the corner. As the pair approached, Chilton jinked to the right to take an ideal racing line, but in the process made contact with Maldonado’s left-front end -plate. The glance was enough to dislodge the Williams’ front wing and launch Maldonado into the Tabac barriers. With the air-fence now dislodged, they immediately became an unsighted obstacle and were thereupon clipped by a fast-closing Jules Bianchi, who subsequently pitted for a new front wing. So severe was the accident that the race was red flagged until the barrier could be replaced some 25 minutes later. Chilton received a drive - through penalty at the restart for his indiscretion, but this was no consolation for an unhurt, but irascible Maldonado. “It was scary,” said a furious Maldonado after the race. “I didn’t expect Chilton to cross my line. It is a very dangerous and very quick corner on the track... Maybe the stewards need to evaluate (very carefully) what he did.” While Chilton did move across on Maldonado, such a move around an F1 rookie – into what Pastor himself described as a very quick corner – was always going to be an audacious move. Despite the severe impact, Maldonado was given the all-clear by medical staff. “I’m okay... I feel okay,” said Maldonado. “... Some contusions, but really good. Maldonado Tabac-ohh 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> MONACO