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Early season star Maldonado
finds the other side of F1 fame
Pastor Maldonado was on top of the
world in May following his upset win for
Williams in the Spanish Grand Prix, but
the Venezuelan has since learned that
with F1 prominence comes extra scrutiny.
Clashes with Lewis Hamilton at Valencia
and Sergio Perez at Silverstone (BELOW)
cost him strong finishes – along with fines
and reprimands from the stewards.
Perez was particularly critical of
Maldonado, saying his aggressive style
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was inappropriate for F1. Maldonado
rejects that, but conceded that he needed
to balance needs for speed and results.
“We [Williams] have not been very
consistent this year for many reasons,”
he said. “I made a couple of mistakes –
I need to improve and learn from those.
“Points are very important for the
team and for me as well, so we will see
[how much to attack in the races].
If I have the chance, I will go for it – but
I will evaluate the situation.”
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Spaniard Maria de Villota was released from
hospital a few weeks after her testing crash
of a Marussia F1 car in the UK in July, but
still faces a long recovery from head injuries
that include the loss of her right eye.
From the dizzying heights of victory,
Maldonado came down to earth with
incidents that underlined his inexperience.
PuShInG ThE RIGh T Bu TTonS
The 2012 Formula 1 season has been
a puzzle for many, but no one more than
Jenson Button. The ’09 World Champion
was regularly outpaced by teammate
Lewis Hamilton in the first half of the year,
but now is confident that he has got over
the setup issues that blighted his form.
“If you don’t get the tire working,
you damage the tire more because
you’re sliding more,” said Button. “I’ve
never felt that in Formula 1 before.
“That’s why we tried a few new things in
Canada and Monaco and places like that,
because I felt I had to find more direction
with the tires. But what we tried definitely
didn’t work,” he admitted. “So we went back
to what we had at the start of the year,
and that’s when we started being more
competitive – not compared to Ferrari,
Mercedes and Red Bull, but to Lewis.”
Proof Button was back on track came
with a second-place finish in Germany.