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GP Week : Issue 205
somehow, Pastor Maldonado’s lotus sur vived this and went on to finish the race – albeit not handling quite as it had been. And while Pastor has been the villain in many of his on-track incidents, the blame – and penalty – for this one fell squarely onto the shoulders of esteban Gutierrez, who was forced to retire any way. Despite that, estaban’s version was, predictably, a bit more ‘grey’: “After the restart I was fighting with Pastor. When I tried to overtake him in turn 16 he braked and did not leave me enough space. I was already beside him and could not avoid a collision with him. I feel very sorry for the team, as this is not the way a race should end ...” And Pastor? “My first start felt good but after the restart we struggled for power so I wasn’t able to fight with the cars around me. I still pushed as best I could but making progress was difficult. “T here was contact from esteban Gutierrez, the result of which I’m told looked spectacular, but in the car it was over very quickly and we kept on racing. We’re not sure if this added to the cause of my retirement, certainly the rear wing was moving about more than normal so we don’t know yet what other damage there was.” They build 'em strong 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SILVERSTONE PARTNERS: