Williams refute Maldonado car tampering claims

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Williams strongly denied claims from driver Pastor Maldonado that his car had been tampered with after his ejection from qualifying in Q1.

Maldonado took 18th on the grid and will start nine place behind team mate Valtteri Bottas, who reached Q3.

“It was quite a hard beginning of the weekend,” Maldonado told Sky. “Yesterday, even this morning, in quali even worse. I think I never got the hundred percent form the tyres.”

“I think in my car somebody is playing with the pressure, temperature, is not that clear. But, yeah, one more race to go so, great.”

Asked what was wrong with his car Maldonado said: “It’s difficult to say. I think you need to ask the team, to the guys who are working in the car. It’s quite clear.”

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams refuted Maldonado’s claims, saying: “Never in Williams, in our experience and our history, would we ever do anything like that.”

“I think qualifying’s always a big adrenaline rush for drivers,” she added. “I’m not surprised by that but people say things after these kind of situations.”

“We have to go back, we’ll go and talk to the engineers and see what happened.”

Maldonado confirmed earlier this weekend he is leaving the team of his own choosing after a poor season in which he scored their only point so far.

“Within the team, when we’re behind closed doors, it’s not acrimonious,” said Williams. “Not that kind of atmosphere within the team.”

“As I said after qualifying people can get emotional and that’s fine. But I don’t see any kind of issue. Pastor, he has said he wants to go to another team and that’s completely fine, drivers do that, this is Formula One it’s the nature of our business.”

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126 comments on “Williams refute Maldonado car tampering claims”

  1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
    16th November 2013, 20:09

    I can’t stang how arrogant and impolite Pastor is. The car is a disaster, yes. But to suggest the team is boycotting his car is so immature. I really hope he learns to be more humble and to accepts his share of blame for the bad results.

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      16th November 2013, 20:09


    2. I find it strange that Maldonado never actually accuses the team of tampering with his car, but that the team interpret it that way. If he feels that elements are being changed without his being consulted, then it wouldn’t be the first time it has happened. I remember Vitaly Petrov commenting that Renault used to ignore his input when it came to setting up the car, so it seems like teams do do it occasionally.

      1. How do you interpret this?

        think in my car somebody is playing with the pressure, temperature, is not that clear.


        Asked what was wrong with his car Maldonado said: “It’s difficult to say. I think you need to ask the team, to the guys who are working in the car. It’s quite clear.”

      2. Exactly, on his out-lap in Q1 we heard Hulkenberg say to his team “you changed the brakes?”, “not changed, just different”, “oh, you could have told me!”. Maldonado and the team know they are going their separate ways and it’s quite understandable that information would not be flowing between the two as freely as it would have been earlier in the year.

        Reading some of the comments on here you would think Pastor had tipped Sir Frank out of his wheelchair.

      3. @prisoner-monkeys Yes Maldonado does question his team about that subject, that interview was made by Natalie from Sky. Nevertheless that shouldn’t undermine Bottas good job, imagine if both had been capable of the same, more publicity, and better results for the team.

    3. It is insulting that the Williams team has to endure such charges from someone with such a lack of grace, humility or decency. If there is a way for Williams to remove Maldonado before the next race without damaging themselves financially, I would cheer if they did it. I would be glad if they found anyone other than Madonado to fill the seat for the next race.

      1. +100000000

      2. -10000000, how do you explain the 1.4 second difference then? MAL and BOT have been very even all season long, now after confirming his exit and saying “I have done more for the team than they have for me” there is suddenly a huge performance difference between Maldonado and his teammate.

        Smacks of the team ‘freezing him out’ to me, and he’s quite entitled to feel aggrieved about it.

        1. @jackisthestig

          Why would they freeze him out? They gain nothing from doing so, and if they did it all they would gain is angry fans and an angry driver.

          It just doesn’t make sense.

    4. @omarr-pepper
      Also, Bottas played a great game today, which adds to the arrogance of Pastor IMO. I really hope he won’t get that lotus seat.

      1. +9

        Maldonado is, what we call in india, a ‘chut’.
        His antics of intentionally crashing into drivers, showing no respect for his rivals and inability to handle being beaten by his teammate show that he has is of low intellectual and moral fiber.

        On top of that he doesn’t have all that much talent to make up for it. I wouldn’t miss him at all if her wasn’t on the grid next year.

        Williams deserve better than this pun k

    5. @omarr-pepper Agreed what he said was quite umm ‘un-professional’…but have you seen the interview? Pastor was chuckling while making the statement, he was trying to imply that the team did sabotage his car, but he didn’t utter those words… We all know how much politics is inside F1, but seldom do people display the acrimony. Pastor just tried to be Frank, coz well, he has nothing to lose.. I am sure if Webber had said things like this, the reaction here would have been quite different. However as an F1F, I do condemn Pastor’s attitude here.

      1. I haven’t seen it.
        But from Williams’ response it seems they didn’t think he was joking.

        If only this man had some more brainpower to his speed, he would’ve been sensational. Stupid *******.

    6. @omarr-pepper As a latin american, I think you probably also want to see our guys do good and we try to defend some errors that they make. But for Maldonado I always had to hold myself and be quiet. I had not very often something good to say about him because I think his brilliant speed was almost always overshadowed by his unprofessionalism in and out of the track. I can’t stand what he says every time he speaks, it makes me quite angry more often than not.

    7. @omarr-pepper I also heard Maldonado statements (in Spanish, as I suppose you did). It’s a little too much to say he said that the team is boycotting his car. When I heard his words, I understood that he was implying that the team was experimenting with it.
      Maldonado can have a bad day, but lap time difference with Bottas is huge. I don’t understand why there’s not a chance that Williams would want to test experimental setups to gain some advantage in the next year.
      Or maybe they tried some strong changes and it didn’t work. They are not Red Bull after all. I don’t think it’s a big deal, and I don’t think that Maldonado claims were too harsh. He knows for sure that Williams will not lose championship points because of a vengeance.

      1. Williams have been accused of car tampering by previous drivers. This is not news….

        1. Teams do tamper with cars if they want to favour or punish a driver. I remember Eddie Jordan saying in an interview a few years back that, in contrast to other team owners, he was always honest with his drivers, never gave them a set of defective tyres, tamper somehow with the set up of the car, take a long time to solve an issue, etc. I do not know if Williams deliberaterly tampered with Maldonaldo’s car, but even if they did, or did not do what had to be done to make the car competitive, he should not accuse them of doing so unless he has proof.

          1. My experience from the past is that Integrity is not Eddie Jordan strongest attribute.

    8. Maldonado is just so …… I can’t find the word ……. something superlative to immature …no better …..atrocious,haughty . Really ? sabotage ? This is stupid Pastor . Maybe what he says might be even true . But that is not the way to say it man !

      Frankly speaking, he brought this on himself . The countless occasions he has crashed . The unwarranted tussle in Suzuka . Maybe williams guys feel the don’t need these two battling close to each other as he can wreck their chances for points . Maybe . Tamper with his tyres ? I don’t think so . After all there are lesser obvious ways to do it if they really wan’t to . And second , they would want to score as many points as possible for they are not idiots like Pastor . Really man . Even your fans would hate to see this .

      1. Is the word you’re looking for ‘narcissistic ‘ by any chance. Writing as someone with experience of it, he shows all the hallmarks of NPD (narcissistic personality disorder) . He has my pity because people with thus condition are blissfully ignorant of how unpleasant they are to be around.

  2. 2 things we want out of F1, Pastor Maldonado and DRS.

    1. +1
      The only reason he even has a drive is becasue of his parents money…

      1. @baldgye I think you’re referring to Max Chilton. Pastor’s money comes from the local oil company.

        1. Maybe I mixed the two a little but I though he dad was part of the Venezuelan government?

          1. Maldonado is sponsored by the late president Chavez. It seems that his sponsorcontract expires in 2015, and with that the likelihood of Maldonado driving in F1 in 2015 declines.

    2. We want more, but for the start it will be enough!

    3. He could have said tons of things but he decided to attack his team… wow! I mean, it’s frustrating to see your teammate doing well while your performance sucks but Pastor should think before he opens his mouth. The guy is a decent driver but needs to chill a bit and stop acting like he’s a top driver, I doubt he could be in contention for a seat if he didn’t come with tons of petrodollars…

    4. With him out of F1 we would be left with a bunch of gentlemen. It would be a complete snore-fest (more-so than it is already). Maldonado is the evil ******* who provides us with entertainment!

      1. Barely entertaining.

        Being a sore loser and accusing your team of sabotage isn’t entertaining for many

      2. Yes! Every good story has heroes and villains.

  3. Pastor is an idiot. To insinuate Williams, one of the most respected teams, and by extension respected people in Sir Frank, is absolute rubbish. I hope by this he just signed his own death warrant out if F1.

  4. Maldonado just needs to leave, he is an embarrassment to the sport

  5. Maldonado is not that bad. He’s just being himself, not an “everything’s going well” PR robot. And besides he is fast. I think we need more “characters” in the F1.

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      16th November 2013, 20:18

      C’mon, don’t transforms him in the next “independent as Webber” hero

      1. Or Räikkönen?

    2. “Character” isn’t the equal of an idiot. Even the greatest drivers have no right to act like ********. And he’s not even on the list.

    3. thats why Bottas has out qualified him this season right?

      1. Maldonado has been better than Bottas in almost every race, but it goes by unnoticed because the car is so bad.

        1. Except they both have the same car.

          1. I was talking about relative performances, right?

    4. He’s just being himself

      And he happens to be a bitter, arrogant person who likes to make baseless accusations.

      1. How ironic. You do not provide anything whatsoever that in anyway prove his statement wrong/inaccurate, yet you are stating that he is an “arrogant person who likes to make baseless accusations…

        I never liked MAL for different reasons but for me, his statement is much more relevant in this particular instance than yours. He is an insider at Williams and he can point to the actual historical results against those of Bottas and claim that this huge time difference does not make sence. And that 1.4s or whatever difference is real and does not come from void. Last but not least that points toward something really is fishy at Williams is the completely generic statements that Williams team boss made in response…

        1. However you look at it he never should have made those comments. Totally unprofessional. Plus he never got a clean lap, so you can’t really compare the times.

          If he wanted to complain that the team was at fault for that would be one thing, to claim that they’re sabotaging his car (which for those of us who actually saw the interview was quite clear that was what he meant) is a step to far really

          1. “However you look at it he never should have made those comments.”

            I agree with you on this as it would not gain him anything at the end, and risk/damage how other people/teams perceive him. I am sure he made them in the heat of the moment. Having that said and ignoring the PR/political aspect of it, I applaud him for having the courage (or stupidity however you like to see it) to have made them publicly if he really believes that is the case.

            ” to claim that they’re sabotaging his car […] is a step to far really”
            Really? Even if he was certain that was the case? Why?

        2. Or Bottas hit the sweet spot like he did in Canada and Maldonado can’t swallow it.

        3. Exactly, “Maldonado might be fast but he crashes too much, migh be fast but he’s totally unprofessional, blah blah blah….”. How can anyone explain the 1.4 second difference to his teammate, especially since Maldonado is in the shop window regarding a drive for next season. Smells fishy to me, a little like Eddie Irvine’s mysterious lack of pace at Suzuka in ’99 when he was in with a shout of beating Schumi to the first Ferrari driver’s title since ’79.

          The situation seems a little like in football when a player expresses his intention to leave a club and then gets sent to train with the youth team.

    5. Characters who accuse their team of tampering with their car? Perhaps you’re right, it’s fun to have drivers to hate after all.

  6. Maldonado needs a check up from the neck up he looked psychotic being interviewed by Nat Pinks.
    I am sure he is off his meds.
    Williams need the points so they wouldn’t tamper with their car as they want both to try and get some points.

  7. Maldonado has the most horrible attitude and arrogance of any driver since I can remember.

    1. Reading his comments both here and in recent days, I have to respect him on one tiny front: he can admit that his relationship with the team has broken down. It’s been fragile for some time now, but at least he’s willing to talk – even if he has to be covert about it. Looking at Claire Williams’ comments, she evidently wants to present the team as a cohesive, profession unit and not the dysfunctional mess that it currently is. At the very least, Maldonado’s accusation makes it clear that something is seriously wrong in Grove, and has been for some time – which is something that nobody seems to be willing to talk about.

      1. @prisoner-monkeys I’ll have respect for any driver who is honest with the media about their relationship with their team. But there’s a world of difference between admitting that your relationship with your team has irrevocably broken down and dropping thinly-veiled innuendo suggesting that your mechanics are deliberately sabotaging your car to make you look bad.

    2. Totally agree. I have gone from being somewhat interested in him as a driver to totally turned off. His poor on track performance this season is eclipsed only by his off track performance. Any future team thinking of signing this guy, please take note of his comments from this weekend so far. If things go wrong, your team will be blamed and accused of sabotage while he will take credit for anything that has gone right. Is his sponsorship money worth the cost of his toxic personality? I don’t think so.

  8. Screw him and his money.

  9. Never thought there was a person more arrogant then Vettel in F1. I really hope the Venezuelan goverment descides to put their money to better use isntead of this wanabe F1 driver. That one win last year has given this man way to much confidence in his abilities. Bottas has mastered the ols system much better then him, there is no harm in accepting that.

    1. You can be as arrogant as you like when you’ve won four world championships. Pastor drives like an idiot. His car is a bit down on development, but that is no excuse to bad mouth the team. If you’re not fast enough try harder or go home. Rich boys think it’s a right to be in F1. His attitude does not reflect his results, same with DiResta.

    2. @force-maikel

      Never thought there was a person more arrogant then Vettel in F1.

      LOL. Did you start following F1 this year or something? Vettel’s record of “arrogance” is catholic in comparison to tens of drivers in history of F1.

      I mean, I know we HAVE to hate Vettel, so that means he’s the most *everything negative* in history, but even then arrogance is pushing it too far.

      1. @silence – People only push the image of “arrogance” on Vettel in comparison to others on the current grid, and F1 history because he’s German, and winning.

        1. and winning, and winning, and being so annoying by winning yet again;-)

      2. I wouldn’t say that Vettel is as arrogant like several other driver, but then again we haven’t seen him unhappy too often to know the difference.

    3. Vettel is more arrogant than, say, Alonso? Or Hamilton?

    4. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      16th November 2013, 22:01

      @force-maikel what does “arrogance” mean to you? Rising the index finger? Multi21? Wow, that the worst sin I’ve ever seen in F1, much worse than twitting telemetry of your team (Hamilton), damaging your partner’s strategy in qualifying (Alonso on Hamilton), going running to say your own team is cheating (Alonso again) or trying to get titles crashing your oponents (Senna, Schumacher). That Vettel you see should burn in hell. The one I see is winning championships, 4 times in a rowWWWWWWWWWWWW.

      1. +1, and 5th coming up next year, maybe.

  10. Oh the teams won’t be lining up to hire him after that remark, what an arrogant little twep

  11. Williams should suspend him for the last race…

    1. Now, that would be an interesting turn of events… Susie Wolff in Brazil, anyone?

      I doubt it would happen, but then again, it wouldn’t be the first time a driver got in trouble for speaking without thinking first, though – remember Prost vs the Ferrari that best compared to a truck? Of course, that time it was probably true :-)

      1. Please no! That half scotch, half German accent has a strange effect on me, quite like someone running their nails down a blackboard.

  12. Honestly, what a disgusting attitude. I wonder what’s inside his mechanics, engineers, basically anyone who builds that car mind right now hearing that sort of words from your driver

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      16th November 2013, 22:13

      @rhj8899 they may be thinking (just thinking) on tampering his brakes…

  13. Why team would do that with their driver?
    Maldonado now proved that he is terrible both as a person and as a racer.

  14. It is easy to pick on Maldonado. In this “sport” anything is possible.

  15. Grosjean is going to wish Kimi back, if he get’s this guy as his team mate next season! This guy is going to bulldoze him on track (literally run him over probably) and off the track!

    1. Valtteri on the other hand is going to get a great team mate in Massa.

      1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
        17th November 2013, 15:14

        @crandreico and with acts like that he still got his way into F1? Maldonado is a wasted seat in ANY category

  16. Maldonado’s statement is obviously untrue and it’s sad that he is not able to end the relationship with the team in dignity. Still, F1 is neither a beauty contest nor a charity event so Maldonado’s attitude is not the reason why he should or should not be in F1. Drivers should be chosen on talent and skills alone. While his qualifying performance today was a disaster, Maldonado has often shown promising speed this year. In my opinion, he still deserves to be in a midfield team next year, too.

    1. “Drivers should be chosen on talent and skills alone”

      it was PDVSA that got him the Williams drive, and they’re the ones that are trying to find him a 2014 drive. If what you said was true, we would have a different grid.

      1. Indeed and Lotus would have inked Hülkenberg by now.

      2. I agree but the fact that Maldonado, 2010 GP2 champion, needed sponsors to get an F1 drive doesn’t mean that he didn’t deserve to be in F1 on merit. If Hulkenberg now got some sponsorship money that would guarantee him a race seat at Lotus, we wouldn’t say that he doesn’t deserve the drive just because there’s money involved.

        1. Maldonado is fast on a good day, but may be he “drops the ball” mentally when it’s a more difficult day? Consistency is a valuable asset and it starts with keeping your nerves in check.

  17. Pastor should just ask PDVSA to buy Bottas engineers… mone talks right, Pastor?

    1. I think they might pull out of F1 altogether as they are another $4.5billion in debt.

  18. Lotus will be the biggest knobs in F1 if they hire this clown.

  19. In this “sport” where teams cheat, steal, cause accidents anything and everything is possible.

  20. To be honest, on the basis of the great improvement Williams showed in 2012 after the woeful 2011 season, I hoped Williams could make one more step forward and get close to the top guys, with a wish for Maldonado to be good this year – I know, he crashed a lot last year, but also performed very well in Spain, Singapore or Abu Dhabi for example, so I really wanted him to get his act together, because his raw speed is excellent, and if he drove clear, his aggressive style would put him up in the top.

    Sadly, Williams couldn’t produce a good car for this year, that happens – like with McLaren. But how Maldonado has handled the situation with the interviews throughout the year, but especially this week, to say the least it annoys me very much. How can a man so talented say such stupid things like his team didn’t do as much for him as he did for them, or that they play with his car? It’s unbelievable. I am very disappointed with him and though I can’t say I was a fan of him, from now on I won’t support him at all.

  21. Yes (@come-on-kubica)
    16th November 2013, 20:50

    Just drop him for the last race and use a young driver, I think everyone has had enough of Maldonado.

  22. If Lotus are looking for money at least they should hire Perez. I’m done with this guy…

    1. I was thinking that. Perez’s telecommunication sponsors won’t have the issues that PDVSA would have with Total. Perez is, in my opinion, a much better driver, and a much nicer person. I’d rather Hulkenberg got the seat, if it weren’t based on money, Perez and Di Resta (who I rate about equal) after Hulk.

  23. I’m not a fan of his fast, inconsistent and agressive driving. But having such a bad attitude makes it even worse.
    I’d love to see him barging people off the track in another series next year(or none at all) but sadly we seem to be stuck with him for another year.

  24. What would happen to you if you said these things in a normal job?I think they should sack PM for the last race, absolutely disgraceful comments.

    1. They could put Susie Wolff in the seat for Brazil, that would be fun.

      1. @hunocsi That is a good suggestion, though I would not put her in the race, at least give her FP1

        1. But if it’s a chaotic race, they could use the woman’s intuition :)

          1. This would be a wonderful idea. Would give a lovely woman a chance and something interesting for others to see and write about. And no disrespect to Wolff, but I don`t see this doing any harm to Williams` 2013 season.

            But, quite sure that “bird watchers” from Venezuela have something to say about this. And this would not happen.

      2. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but does she presently hold a super license?

      3. @hunocsi
        Hopefully not. She has proved nothing, in any racing series, that she is even remotely on par with even the worst F1 driver currently on the grid.
        While I would love to see Maldonardo replaced as soon as possible, it shouldn’t be for Susie. Much rather a young driver with actual talent, who could have an F1 career ahead of him. There are plenty of those waiting for a drive.

        1. @mads
          I said it like a bit of a joke, but if you think about it, it would be interesting to see. There have been a lot of talk in the last years whether or not women would be able to cope with the challenge of racing an F1 car. Last race of the year, which probably won’t matter too much for the team. I would be intrigued of her performance.

          1. @hunocsi
            The reason I would hate to see her in an F1 car, is that she would ‘prove’ that all her doubters were right.
            Anyone who ever said that a woman can’t drive an F1 car would be able to point at her result, and say they were right.

          2. @mads
            So not even give her the chance? Then she can’t prove anything.

          3. @hunocsi
            Yep. Rather she just stay away, and don’t end up making female racing drivers look ridiculous. You can’t force a female F1 driver to happen. It is going to happen, when the right gal comes along. And that isn’t Susie. She simply hasn’t shown anything to qualify her for a F1 drive.
            They might as well drop my mother in the car.
            It would be a lot more fair to give the chance to someone who actually has talent, and potential, and isn’t close to F1 driver retirement age anyway.

  25. James (@jamesjames123abc)
    16th November 2013, 21:15

    Last year, Maldonado’s aggression came from inside the car. This year, it’s now coming from outside the car. I thought he’d turned a corner at the start of the season where he wasn’t involved in any silly incidents (ie. crashing with other cars) but all the respect I’d gained for him from that has been wiped away in an instant.

  26. Whether this is true, partly true or not, it is absolutely unprofessional.

  27. He really is a wonderful representative for Venezuela, money well spent.

  28. He bitched about the car the whole season instead of pushing in development (also the lack of development may have ****** of him), maybe someone at the team thought he deserved to crawl and make him look really bad. Not saying this was the case but its posible.

  29. He deserves it then… his mechanics probably had enough ! How many front wings, or damage, have they been fixing over the past 3 years? neither Rubens, nor Senna nor Bottas has done to Williams cars what Maldonado did. That side of the garage is probably too tired for more.

    ANd he then goes and says he is “happy to leave the team”. Yeah, his mechanics will take it well…

  30. Glock in the Williams at Interlagos is my dream!

  31. I couldn’t believe the arrogance in his voice and all over his face in the interview. What a sore loser. As a Williams fan, I can’t wait to see the back of him – I would probably rather see Susie Wolff in that car for the last race! I’m hoping that Pastors potential bosses are watching that interview and wondering if it’s worth the sponsorship money. Accusing your team of tampering with your car is hugely insulting, especially to a team with a history like Williams. Good riddance, Pastor – great job Bottas (apart from that last Q3 lap!!)

  32. Watching Ted Kravitz’ quali notebook on Sky, he said that what Pastor meant was that the team sent him out in traffic, which prevented him from getting the tyre temperatures and pressures right. I’m not so sure, but it wouldn’t make much difference if that was what he meant – it’s still very unprofessional.

  33. Did anyone see him grinning when he said it? what an arrogant little **** to just chuck a couple of grenades into the media because his team mate is faster than him. William’s would never do that, maybe they’re focusing more on Bottas, but that’s because he isn’t leaving! I feel more and more like he’s going to get Hulk’s seat, but no one will like him, and neither will the team. I just hope one day he realises people want his money and not him. He’s had a few good performances, but he’s inconsistent, erratic, has been downright dangerous and is an incredibly rude, unpleasant person. Rant over.

  34. It’s a shame, because he has proved on many occasions he’s a very quick driver. A change in attitude would help him on and off the track in, and in my opinion, make him a more complete driver. It just stinks – I can’t believe how he thinks the comments he’s made in the last few weeks will make him look like a good prospect for any team. Even simply telling his colleague ‘that’s racing’ and nothing more after that totally haphazard move at end of the Japanese Grand Prix. Sadly, I think money will prevail – which feels weird to say, because he has the speed to back it up.

  35. why are williams tampering with maldo’s car?

    1. They most likely haven’t before.

      But after this…

  36. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate)
    17th November 2013, 2:18

    The best thing for Lotus right now would be to take Checo and his Mexican Pesos (assuming that he still has the backing?)… Stay FAR FAR FAR away from the Maldonado train wreck!!

  37. @keithcollantine

    Maldonado took 18th on the grid and will start nine place behind team mate Valtteri Bottas, who reached Q1.

    Shouldn’t that be Q3?

  38. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    17th November 2013, 4:24

    I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing him come in for a pitstop during the race, and his mechanics just don’t show up.

    1. @tophercheese21
      Yeah that would be quite a signal!
      I wouldn’t even feel remotely sorry for him. What a terrible job it must be to work hours and hours on some ones car, who then accuses you of messing it up on purpose because he wasn’t able to drive it quickly. I would be absolutely furious.

  39. Not the first time a fiery latin driver has accused their own team of sabotage. At least Maldonado won’t request a member of the Venezualan motorsport body to act as an observer to ensure no further foul play takes place.

    1. Ahh nice one.

      I clearly remember Clare Williams saying that Williams is racing against Pastor

      Ohhh wait, was that Ron Dennis on Alonso?

      1. Which is completely misinterpreted.

  40. i’m no maldonado fan, but actually things like tampering a car when a driver is gonna leave the team aren’t that unusual in f1.
    surely we don’t know for sure, but come on. big difference between him and bottas.
    2 cases: bottas is suddenly the new vettel, maldonado is suddenly much slower than bottas.
    strange things on maldonado’s car

    I think lotus has done something like that recently because they had to experiment new components for 2014 only on romain’s car.

    Also massa’s lap is pretty strange.

    all of them were as fast as their team mate or even faster(raikkonen) before they said they would have left the team at the end of the season.
    raikkonen, maldonado and massa.

    1. things like tampering a car when a driver is gonna leave the team aren’t that unusual in F1.

      Any examples?

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