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I still feel undervalued in Formula 1 - Maldonado

  • Published on 10 Aug 2015 12:06
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Pastor Maldonado says his bad reputation is the fault of journalists who are scrabbling for news. The Venezuelan is often criticised not only for his image as the most powerful 'pay driver' on the grid, but also his apparent tendency to crash often.

But when asked about his image by Brazil's Globo, Maldonado answered: "In F1 these days it is not easy for find news. It is practically always the same drivers in first and second positions. Third as well. It's not like ten, 15 years ago when there were more battles and therefore more news. So it means the journalists are seeking news where there is none."

Referring specifically to his strong and controversial backing by Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA, he added: "It was not just me supported, but a group of Venezuelans, much like what Red Bull does with its (driver development) programme.

"Fortunately I arrived (in F1), but several of the others failed to get the results they needed. At first it was a huge pressure being this 'pay driver', but I've learned to live with it because it is not just any driver who can win an F1 race without having the best car."

"Today, I still feel undervalued in F1," the Lotus driver admitted, "but only because I have not had a car that allows me to show my talent. There are drivers who do not deserve to be in F1, but I believe that I have demonstrated - clearly - that I deserve to have a long career."

Asked if he could be winning races at the wheel of a Mercedes, the 30-year-old insisted: "With a car like that I would have the chance to fight for victory every race weekend. I'm completely sure about that."

However, Maldonado's next step is currently unclear, as Lotus chiefs are putting him under greater public pressure to perform, while the very future of the Enstone team is under a cloud. "I don't know," he said when asked about the future. "It is difficult to know if it is here or with another team. I hope it is here, because we have a very good atmosphere and I feel very good with Lotus, but in F1 you cannot expect anything." (GMM)

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  • I understand he has to defend himself in some way, but I feel its futile to blame journalists entirely in this case, especially after his last performance. I cant undestand how he has gone from being a quite decent driver (he even won a race with an underperforming Williams car) into an outright demolition derby driver.

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    • Aug 10 2015 - 12:53
  • Nick13578

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    So why does Romain kick his ass ever weekend?

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    • Aug 10 2015 - 18:01
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    Renault buys Lotus, exit Maldonado.
    I don't buy the crap all these so-called journalist are making up all the time, I make my own judgment. I have seen every race for I can't even remember how many years, and it's not difficult to conclude that Crashtor has earned his name fair and square ;)

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    • Aug 10 2015 - 18:21

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