Pastor Maldonado
Apr 18

Maldonado and Gutierrez disagree on severity of Bahrain penalty

Pastor Maldonado believes the new shape of the F1 nose is to blame for Gutierrez flipping. (Photo: Marwan Naamani/Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado (L) ran into the back of Esteban Gutierrez (R) while the former was leaving pit road in Bahrain. (Photo: Marwan Naamani/Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has hit out at the new ‘penalty points’ system that could see him having to serve a race ban later in 2014.

After just the opening three grands prix of the season, the Venezuelan already has three ‘demerit points’ against his F1 super license.

Apr 18

Maldonado crashes entering pit road

Pastor Maldonado climbs out of the cockpit after his accident Friday morning. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado climbs out of the cockpit after his accident Friday morning. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado’s accident-prone season continued in China today when the Lotus driver crashed in the pit entry road.

Maldonado repeated a mistake seen in the past when he ran wide at the tight left-hander and understeered off the road into the tire wall. Earlier he had an off-track moment when he appeared to be distracted while making an adjustment on the steering wheel.

Apr 6

Bahrain Grand Prix Notebook: Mercedes Sweeps Weekend

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg celebrate with their team after finishing one-two in the Bahrain GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg celebrate with their team after finishing one-two in the Bahrain GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hamilton Savors Fabulous Bahrain GP Win

Lewis Hamilton called his brilliant Bahrain GP win one of the best of his career after he just managed to outfox teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton snuck past the pole man at the start, and survived a series of attacks from Rosberg, who was handed a second chance when the safety car cut the gap before the final sprint to the flag.

Apr 6

F1: Gutierrez Uninjured After Flipping In Bahrain Grand Prix

Esteban Gutierrez flips after being hit by Pastor Maldonado during the Bahrain GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Esteban Gutierrez flips after being hit by Pastor Maldonado during the Bahrain GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Medical tests have shown Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez escaped without injuries after his frightening accident in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, when his car flipped over in a collision.

The Mexican’s car was hit by the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado at the first corner after the Venezuelan came out of the pits. The car flipped over completely before pivoting and landing back on its wheels.

Mar 28

Lotus Endures Disastrous First Day In Malaysia

Romain Grosjean's Lotus is removed from the track after breaking down during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean’s Lotus is removed from the track after breaking down during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

 

Lotus endured another disastrous day in Sepang as Pastor Maldonado failed to log a lap time.

Maldonado did only two installation laps in the morning before he was forced to park the car, and a power unit change – including key components such as the V6, the turbo and the motor generator units – meant that he could not run in the afternoon.