Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado has a good track record around the venue of the next race: the Monte-Carlo street circuit.
But his maiden F1 race there last year ended in disappointment.
With five laps to go he was running sixth – higher than Williams finished all season long – when a controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton left Maldonado in the barriers. Hamilton was given a time penalty for causing the turn one crash.
Here’s a new angle on the crash provided by a spectator at the first corner:
After his maiden win in Spain, Maldonado heads to Monaco with high hopes of recapturing his form at the track from junior categories. “Our package is definitely getting better and although we don’t have the quickest car right now, we are improving very quickly,” he said.
“I have always liked Monaco and after Sunday I am certainly full of confidence.”
Maldonado is a three-time winner at the principality. His first triumph came in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2006.
He added GP2 victories at Monaco in 2007 and 2009 – the latter a reverse-grid sprint race:
Maldonado set pole at Monaco in 2007 and 2008 in GP2. He finished second in the latter. Who beat him? That would be his current team mate, Bruno Senna.
In his GP2 championship-winning year he finished second to Sergio Perez after this crash in qualifying kept him off the front row:
However Maldonado’s first visit to Monaco with the World Series by Renault in 2005 went very badly. During practice he crashed under yellow flags and injured a marshal. Maldonado’s licence was suspended and he missed the next nine races.
Maldonado’s calm resistance to Fernando Alonso’s pressure on his way to victory in Spain was a further sign he’s put his ‘wild man’ days behind him. Will this more mature Maldonado produce another strong result for Williams at Monaco next weekend?
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