Pastor Maldonado

  • Maldonado staying with Lotus next year, says Lopez July 20, 2014

    Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado will stay with Lotus in 2015, despite the Formula One team suffering a terrible first half of the season, team principal Gerard Lopez said on Saturday. Maldonado has yet to score a point this season as Lotus struggle with the new technical changes. "I can confirm 50 percent of...
  • F1's Williams drives back into the black May 2, 2014

    Formula One team Williams returned to profit last year, despite a poor season on the track for the former world champions, helped by a one-off payment from outgoing sponsor PDVSA. State-owned Venezuelan oil company PDVSA paid out for an early termination of its sponsorship deal when driver Pastor Maldonado left...
  • Engine problem makes a mockery of Pastor Maldonado penalty April 19, 2014

    Pastor Maldonado's five place grid penalty was rendered meaningless on Saturday after engine problems ruled the Lotus Formula One driver out of Chinese Grand Prix qualifying. While Romain Grosjean powered to the team's first top 10 grid position of the season, Maldonado never got out of the garage. The penalty, imposed for...
  • Pastor Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez after Bahrain GP crash April 17, 2014

    Lotus Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado has cleared the air with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez after picking up a grid penalty for sending the Mexican flying at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Venezuelan refused to take the blame for the incident, however, and told reporters in China on Thursday that the spectacular...
  • Maldonado handed grid penalty for Chinese GP April 7, 2014

    Pastor Maldonado will carry a five-place grid penalty into the Chinese Grand Prix after the Venezuelan speared his Lotus into the side of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber in Sunday's floodlit race in Bahrain. Gutierrez literally did not know what had hit him after the Mexican's car was flipped abruptly in the air...
  • Pastor Maldonado joins Grosjean at Lotus for 2014 F1 November 30, 2013

    Enstone, England: Lotus have hired Pastor Maldonado to replace Kimi Raikkonen at the Formula One team for the 2014 championship. The Venezuelan driver leaves Williams after three years and will partner Romain Grosjean, who stays on at the English-based team for a third season. Maldonado, who won just one point this season...
  • Pastor Maldonado accuses Williams of favouring Valtteri Bottas November 17, 2013

    Williams rejected any suggestion of favouritism or dirty tricks after their departing Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado made thinly-veiled accusations against the Formula One team on Saturday. Maldonado, who is leaving after next week's finale in Brazil, qualified only 18th for the US Grand Prix while Finnish rookie team-mate Valtteri Bottas put...
  • Massa replaces Maldonado at Williams November 11, 2013

    Brazilian Felipe Massa will replace Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado at Williams next season after signing a multi-year contract, the Formula One team announced on Monday. Finland's Valtteri Bottas will remain as the former champions' other driver. "When I was a kid I always dreamed about racing for Ferrari, Williams or McLaren," Massa...
  • Indian Grand Prix: Williams collect another 60,000 euro fine October 26, 2013

    Greater Noida: The Williams Formula One team were fined 60,000 euros for the second race in a row on Friday for the same offence of failing to secure a wheel on Pastor Maldonado's car during practice. In Japan two weeks ago, the rear left wheel came off the Venezuelan's car and...
  • Williams fined 60,000 euros for loose wheel October 11, 2013

    Suzuka: Williams were fined 60,000 euros on Friday after a wheel came off Pastor Maldonado's car during Japanese Grand Prix practice. Formula One stewards said in a statement that the incident, in which the rear left wheel bounced across the track, was regarded as a serious safety issue. "Examination of the...
  • F1: Williams make their point at last July 29, 2013

    Budapest: Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado crossed the finish line in 10th place on Sunday to put former Formula One champions Williams out of the misery of a 10-race streak without a point. Their first scoring finish since the US Grand Prix at Austin, Texas, last November was hardly worthy of celebration...
  • Pastor Maldonado wants to continue at Williams July 19, 2013

    Despite of a flopshow in the last nine Grand Prix, Williams driver Pastor Maldonado is keen to remain with the team for the foreseeable future. Williams have been pointless in the first nine races in this season. Maldonaldo, who made his debut with the Grove-based outfit in 2011, achieved an...
  • Pastor Maldonado's Williams suffers KERS failure July 6, 2013

    Nuerburgring: Pastor Maldonado's Williams suffered a KERS failure in the garage on Saturday and fire marshals had to extinguish smoke, the struggling Formula One team said ahead of qualifying for the German Grand Prix. Safety issues have become the focus of attention in F1 after five drivers suffered tyre blow-outs at...
  • F1 to introduce penalty system for drivers in 2014 June 29, 2013

    Silverstone: Along with new engines, the 2014 F1 season will have plenty of other changes including a penalty point system for drivers and expanded testing to be allowed, the World Motor Sports Council announced on Friday. The penalty system is being introduced following a string of crashes involving young drivers...
  • Bottas more adaptable than Maldonado: Williams June 17, 2013

    Williams chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar said that rookie racer Valtteri Bottas is a more versatile driver than team-mate Pastor Maldonado. Bottas secured a third place on the grid at the rain-hit Canadian GP qualifying session in Montreal while Maldonado could only line-up in 13th. Pujolar believes that both drivers have...
  • Williams aiming for significant step in Spanish Grand Prix April 9, 2013

    London: Former world champions Williams have targeted next month's Spanish Grand Prix for a significant step forward with their car after failing to score a point in the first two races of the Formula One season. Williams won at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, the first race of the European season, last...
  • Pastor Maldonado hopes to fix problems in Malaysia March 21, 2013

    Kuala Lumpur: After a weekend to forget in Australia, Pastor Maldonado must be wondering when he might win his second Formula One Grand Prix. The Venezuela driver was billed as a rising star after winning in Spain last year to give Williams its first victory since 2004. But everything went wrong...
  • Alonso returns as Formula One testing moves up a gear February 18, 2013

    London: Fernando Alonso will test his new Ferrari for the first time in Spain on Tuesday while former champions Williams bring Formula One's 'launch season' to a close as the last team to unveil their 2013 car. There will not be much fanfare, if any, at either event when the...
  • BIC one of my favourites: Maldonado October 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Williams' Formula 1 driver Pastor Maldonado said the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) is one of his favourites in the calendar. "India is enjoyable because it's so different and the track is one of my favourites. It's still a new track but it has a good combination of medium and...
  • Maldonado eager to stay at Williams October 11, 2012

    Yeongam: Venezuelan Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado wants to stay with Williams next season despite suggesting last weekend that he might have other options. The driver told reporters at the South Korean Grand Prix on Thursday that he had no desire to move. "I really want to stay with Williams," he said....
  • Wolff hopes Maldonado to stay at Williams September 18, 2012

    London: Williams want penalty-prone Pastor Maldonado to stay with them next season but Bruno Senna's future with the Formula One team is less certain, influential shareholder and executive director Toto Wolff indicated on Tuesday. The Austrian, increasingly cast as the eventual successor to team principal and founder Frank Williams, told the...
  • Button takes pole position for Belgian GP September 1, 2012

    Spa, Belgium: British driver Jenson Button will start Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix in pole position after finishing fastest in Saturday's qualifying, with defending champion Sebastian Vettel in 11th. Button overcame balance problems to take his first pole of the season, the eighth of his career, and his first for McLaren. "It's...
  • Maldonado is keen to stay with Williams August 17, 2012

    Pastor Maldonado of the Williams is eager to stay with the team beyond this season so that he can win the Formula One world championship with them. The 27-year-old driver, who won the Spanish Grand Prix in May this year, said he is looking forward to stay with the Williams even...
  • Hamilton says Maldonado incident just a blip November 16, 2012

    London: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has written off his Valencia run-in with Pastor Maldonado as merely a blip in what he hopes will be a winning season. Looking forward to a home British Grand Prix at Silverstone next week, the 2008 Formula One world champion told Reuters Television in an interview that...
  • Valencia win separates Alonso from pack November 16, 2012

    Barcelona: Fernando Alonso's emotional comeback win at the European Grand Prix last Sunday has finally set one driver apart from the pack in the most tightly contested Formula One season in history. Alonso steered his Ferrari from an 11th-place start to a dramatic victory at Valencia to become the first driver...
  • F1 - Maldonado back on top in Spain November 16, 2012

    Valencia, Spain: Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, surprise winner in Spain last month, put his Williams team back on top of the timesheets in first free practice at the European Grand Prix on Friday. The 27-year-old lapped the Valencia street circuit with a best time of one minute 40.890 seconds on a...
  • Williams eyeing points in Valencia June 19, 2012

    Ahead of the European Grand Prix, an out-of-sorts Williams team has set its sights on a repeat performance of their past visit to Spain where Pastor Maldonado emerge victorious. The Grove-based team has just one point to show from two disappointing Grand Prix outings, but Maldonado and Bruno Senna were...