Time to give Maldonado some respect?

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    Prisoner Monkeys

    But there is no proof that he deliberately crashed into Perez in Monaco. If there was, the stewards would have penalised him further.


    There was no conclusive evidence that Al Capone was a mobster, so they penalized him for tax evasion…

    Prisoner Monkeys

    Unlike Capone, Maldonado and Williams would have been able to challenge any penalty that the FIA gave them if they felt he was being penalised unfairly.

    The stewards ruled that Maldonado caused an avoidable collision. They did not rule that he deliberately caused an avoidable collision. And if he hadn’t hit Hamilton at Spa last year, none of you would have cared less about the incident with Perez.


    I think it’s exactly the same. The stewards probably thought better nail him for a lesser offense we’re sure of than risk him getting away unscathed after a successful appeal.

    Prisoner Monkeys

    @necrodethmortem – So said Sherlock Holmes (in italics):

    “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
    “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
    “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
    “That was the curious incident.”

    The reason why I’m quoting Arthur Conan Doyle here is that your entire argument is basically the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. You’re saying that nothing happening is proof of something having happened. There is no proof that Maldonado deliberately hit Perez, and the stewards did not penalise Maldonado for deliberately hitting Perez, so therefore, Maldonado must have deliberately hit Perez. Do you see how this sentence defies all logic?

    Until you can provide conclusive proof that Maldonado intentionally crashed into Perez, you must accept that he did not and that the incident was nothing more than an avoidable accident. To suggest otherwise is only going to dig you further into a hole you cannot get out of.


    I agree with you @prisoner-monkeys I never jumped to the dramatic conclusion that Maldonado hit Perez on purpose in Monaco. It was no doubt a silly mistake but I think he was just trying to make the track shorter without factoring in the Sergio Perez in front of him. There is absolutely no proof that he did it with any intention and if there was I’m sure he would have been heavily penalised already. The FIA are hardly likely to let that slip.

    I like Maldonado, I joke about his antics as much as the next guy but fundamentally he’s a good driver and his heart is in the right place. Last year he did not have a car with which he could compete and as soon as he could, Melbourne this year, he was on it. Admittedly he crashed out while hunting down Alonso but after a year with arguably the worst car Williams ever produced he was bound to feel like last year he never really got chance to make hey while the sun shines.


    Good drive today.


    I always thought Maldonado was fast. Inconsistent, but fast. Pole and win in Spain, 3rd in qualy in Belgium and 2nd in qualy in Singapore are amazin results. He is definitely fast but the reason why I wouldn’t recommend him to a top team yet is that he crashes too ofter, has too many penalties and is inconsistent. Once he will have more experience he will go much better.
    In the future we could see Perez-Maldonado fighting for the title like in GP2!

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