Pastor Maldonado

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Pastor Maldonado
Pastor Maldonado 2011 Malaysia.jpg
Maldonado at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Born (1985-03-09) 9 March 1985 (age 29)
Maracay, Venezuela
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  Venezuelan
2014 team Lotus-Renault[1]
2014 car # 13
Races 62 (62 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 1
Career points 47
Pole positions 1
Fastest laps 0
First race 2011 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2012 Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 2012 Spanish Grand Prix
Last race 2014 Chinese Grand Prix
2013 position 18th (1 pt)

Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta (born 9 March 1985) is a Venezuelan racing driver, currently competing in Formula One for Lotus F1.[1]

Before making his Formula One début with the Williams team in 2011, he won the 2010 GP2 Series championship. He became the first Venezuelan to win a Formula One Grand Prix when he won the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, for Williams, from his first pole position.

Career[edit]

Formula Renault[edit]

Born in Maracay, Venezuela,[2] Maldonado's first experience of formula racing was in Italy in 2003. He competed in the Italian Formula Renault Championship with Cram Competition, and was classified seventh in the drivers' championship. His notable results included three podium finishes and one pole position.[3] Cram Competition also entered one round of the German Formula Renault Championship at Oschersleben.[4]

In 2004, Maldonado ran a dual programme in Italian and Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup with Cram Competition. He won the Italian title, with eight wins and six pole positions from seventeen starts.[5] In the European championship, he was classified eighth overall, with two wins.[6] Maldonado also found the time to enter one round of the now defunct Formula Renault V6 Eurocup at Spa-Francorchamps, with a best finish of fifth place.[7]

In November 2004, Maldonado was given an opportunity to test with the Minardi Formula One team at Misano in Italy.[8] The team's former owner, Giancarlo Minardi, was present at the test and commented positively about Maldonado's performance.[9]

Italian F3000[edit]

In 2005, Maldonado progressed out of Formula Renault, but did not get the opportunity to complete a full season in any one series. He made four starts in the Italian F3000 Championship with Sighinolfi Auto Racing, in which one race win at the Autodromo dell'Umbria was enough to finish ninth overall.[10] He also entered nine races (and made seven starts) in the Spanish-based World Series by Renault, with a best finish of seventh.[11] However, his participation in the WSR was marred by a four-race ban for dangerous driving. He failed to slow down at the scene of an accident at Monaco, despite the presence of warning flags, and struck and seriously injured a marshal, for which he got a life-time ban at Monaco.[12] [13]

Formula Renault 3.5[edit]

Maldonado secured a full-time drive in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Draco Racing in 2006. He was classified third overall, with three race wins, six further podium finishes, and five pole positions.[14][15]

Controversy[edit]

In a season that was marked by controversy Maldonado could have won the title were it not for a disqualification from first place at Misano for a technical infringement.[16] Draco Racing lodged an appeal and the results of the championship remained provisional until Italy's National Court of Appeal for Motorsport upheld the stewards' decision at a hearing in January 2007.[17] The lost fifteen points would have been enough to move him up from third to first in the standings, ahead of Alx Danielsson and Borja García.

GP2 Series[edit]

Maldonado's performances in FR3.5 were enough to attract the interest of GP2 teams, and he signed a contract to drive for Trident Racing in 2007 after a successful test in late 2006.[18] He took his first victory in only his fourth race in the series with a commanding win at Monaco. However, he had to miss the final four rounds of the season after breaking a collarbone during training, leaving him outside the championship top 10.[19]

He moved to the Piquet Sports team for 2008, his second year in the series. At midseason he had two poles and two podiums. He had a farcical sprint race in the wet at Silverstone – he stalled on the dummy grid, picked up a penalty for speeding in the pitlane as he joined the race, another penalty for passing under yellow flags, and crashed into Adrián Vallés and Kamui Kobayashi on the final lap. He started at the back of the grid for the Hungary feature race, but he moved up to finish fifth after staying out for longer than any other driver, and setting a succession of quick laps on these worn tyres. Four podium finishes—including a win at Spa—in the final six races saw him rise to fifth place in the drivers' championship by the end of the season.

Maldonado driving for ART Grand Prix at the Turkish round of the 2009 GP2 Series season.

He signed to drive for the ART Grand Prix team during the 2009 season.[20] As part of the deal, he also joined the team for three rounds of the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season.[21] Maldonado was often overshadowed by team-mate and 2009 champion Nico Hülkenberg, but Maldonado still finished sixth overall, helping ART to the teams title. He competed in the first round of the 2009 Euroseries 3000 season at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve for Teamcraft Motorsport to gain experience of the track for the GP2 season finale. Maldonado won the first race, having started from second position.[22]

Maldonado drove for the Rapax Team in the 2010 GP2 Series season alongside Luiz Razia. He clinched the Championship in the penultimate event at Monza, Maldonado won six consecutive feature races on his way to winning the title (from Istanbul Park to Spa), which also took him to a total of ten race victories in GP2,[23] which is a series record.[24] Maldonado finished sixteen points ahead of Barwa Addax's Sergio Pérez. Rapax also won the Teams Championship, five points ahead of Barwa Addax.

Formula One[edit]

Maldonado was a target for a Campos Meta seat in 2010. Campos team principal Adrian Campos said that Bruno Senna's team mate could be Pedro de la Rosa, Vitaly Petrov or Maldonado,[25] but the team's financial problems and change of ownership changed the situation, and Karun Chandhok got the drive.[26] It was then reported that Maldonado was close to signing a deal to be test and reserve driver for the Stefan Grand Prix team, which attempted to compete in the 2010 season following the withdrawal of the US F1 Team, which left a theoretical space for another new team.[27] Stefan was barred from competing in the 2010 season.[28]

Williams (2011–2013)[edit]

Towards the end of the 2010 season, Maldonado was linked to the Williams team for 2011, replacing former GP2 team-mate Nico Hülkenberg alongside Rubens Barrichello. He took part in the end-of-season young driver test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, driving for Williams and Hispania Racing (the rebranded Campos team). On 15 November, Williams confirmed that Hülkenberg had been dropped from the team's 2011 line-up, and Maldonado was duly announced as his replacement on 1 December.[29][30] In addition to his on-track record, Maldonado also brings sponsorship from the Venezuelan government (through the state-owned PDVSA oil company) to the team.[31]

2011[edit]
Maldonado driving for Williams at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Maldonado retired from his first race, the Australian Grand Prix, due to transmission problems. In the Malaysian Grand Prix, he failed to reach Q2 in qualifying and again dropped out of the race. He recorded his first finish in China, in eighteenth place. At the Spanish Grand Prix he reached Q3 for the first time, eventually qualifying in ninth position for the race. He made it into Q3 again in Monaco, qualifying eighth, and in the race was lying sixth with five laps remaining, when he collided with Lewis Hamilton, taking him out of the race. He then spun out of a very wet race in Canada. He then continued to have impressive qualifying pace with poor race pace at Britain, Germany, and Hungary, including a drive-through penalty at the latter for speeding in the pit lane. At the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in qualifying, Maldonado was involved in an incident with Lewis Hamilton on an in-lap after Hamilton squeezed by him when both were on a hot lap. Maldonado appeared to swipe across Hamilton as they headed down to Eau Rouge. Maldonado received a five-place grid penalty for his actions and Hamilton a reprimand. But in the race he scored his first point in Formula One with a tenth place finish. Maldonado did not score any more points for the rest of the season, nor did he reach Q3 for the rest of the season. His poor end to the season was magnified in Abu Dhabi; where he qualified seventeenth and started twenty-third (after a ten-place grid penalty for using a ninth engine), and served a drive-through, and later a 30-second time penalty after the race, both for ignoring blue flags.

Maldonado finished nineteenth in the Drivers' Championship and on 1 December 2011, it was confirmed that he would be retained by Williams for the 2012 season.[32]

2012[edit]
Maldonado driving for Williams at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Maldonado began the 2012 season alongside fellow South American racer, Bruno Senna, for Williams. He started the season with promising pace, qualifying eighth for the Australian Grand Prix. In the race, he was running strongly until he crashed out on the final lap, fighting with Fernando Alonso for fifth position. In the Malaysian Grand Prix, Maldonado retired in the closing stages of the race while running in the points. He scored his first points of the season by finishing eighth in China. A puncture ended his race in Bahrain, after he qualified in seventeenth position. At the Spanish Grand Prix, Maldonado qualified second, next to Lewis Hamilton on the front row of the grid after strong pace from his Williams car during the race weekend. Maldonado was later promoted to his first pole position in his Formula One career after Hamilton was excluded from the results of qualifying, due to having insufficient fuel in his car.[33] Maldonado was beaten to the first corner by Fernando Alonso, but regained the lead after the second round of pit stops. Maldonado held his lead after the third pit-stop phase, and held off Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen to win, becoming the first Venezuelan driver to finish on a Grand Prix podium in the process.[34] During post-race celebrations, a fire engulfed the Williams pit, and Maldonado was seen carrying his cousin to safety.[35]

At Monaco, he received a ten-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable collision with Sergio Pérez during a practice session (which subsequently may have led to Pérez's crash in qualifying, which caused the session to be red-flagged) and an additional five-place penalty for a gearbox change, meaning he started twenty-fourth and last on the grid.[36] He retired due to an accident at the start of the race, when he ran into the back of Pedro de la Rosa's HRT who also retired with rear wing damage. At the end of second qualifying session in Canada, Maldonado crashed into the infamous Wall of Champions at the end of the lap in which he a set the quickest sector 1 time and was on course to bump Jenson Button out of Q3.[37] Maldonado finished the qualifying session seventeenth and started the race from twenty second position after a five-place grid penalty after he was forced to change his gearbox due to damage suffered in the crash.[38] Maldonado made good progress in the first stint, running as high as tenth mid-race, however after his pitstop he dropped back to seventeenth and finished the race in thirteenth place.

Maldonado crashes his car at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix

In Europe, Maldonado qualified third but dropped to fifth after the start and tenth after pitting under a safety car halfway through the race. Maldonado then passed several drivers including Red Bull's Mark Webber and was running fourth in the closing stages of the race. On lap 56 (the penultimate lap of the race), Maldonado was battling with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton for third place, however Hamilton forced Maldonado off the track at turn 12 and Maldonado returned to track and collided with Hamilton in turn 13, with Maldonado losing steering on the high curbs. Maldonado was able to continue and finished tenth with a broken front wing; Hamilton retired after he crashed into the tyre wall. Maldonado blamed Hamilton for the incident,[39] however the stewards gave Maldonado a 20-second time penalty which dropped Maldonado out of the points to twelfth position.[40] Maldonado qualified seventh in the British Grand Prix and ran as high as sixth before a pit-stop on lap 11 which dropped him into the midfield. Maldonado was subsequently involved in a collision with Sergio Pérez, which dropped him to last while Pérez retired on the spot. Maldonado eventually finished sixteenth, a lap down on winner Mark Webber. In television interviews, Pérez was damning of Maldonado's driving, calling him too dangerous and claiming he ruined other people's races. Pérez also called for the stewards to take tough action against Maldonado.[41] Maldonado said the collision was a racing incident.[42] The stewards penalised Maldonado by a reprimand and a fine of 10,000 with two penalties given due to the "serious nature" of the incident.[43]

In Germany, Maldonado qualified a strong sixth in the wet qualifying, however he lost pace from lap 12 of the race when he hit debris which damaged his car, and finished the race in fifteenth. In Hungary, Maldonado qualified eighth, but a poor start dropped him to twelfth after lap one and thirteenth after the pitstops. Maldonado received a drive-through penalty for "causing an avoidable collision" in an overtaking move on Force India's Paul di Resta for twelfth; he dropped behind di Resta after the penalty and finished thirteenth. Maldonado was eleventh in the World Championship on 29 points as Formula One entered a five-week summer break, with his only points finishes coming from his win in Spain and eighth in China.

Maldonado started on the front row for the second time at Singapore.

At the Belgian GP Maldonado received a further three penalties. He was demoted from third on the grid to sixth for impeding Nico Hülkenberg in Q1.[44] He then jumped the start of the race, and was deemed to cause a collision with Marussia's Timo Glock, resulting in two separate 5-place grid penalties, so was demoted by 10 places in Monza.[45] Maldonado started the race in twenty-second and finished in eleventh, just 0.5 seconds behind Senna, who finished in the final points-paying position. In Singapore he qualified second, alongside pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton. In the race, he was in contention for a podium finish, retiring on lap 37 due to a hydraulic failure. In Japan Maldonado qualified fourteenth, starting twelfth and finished the race eighth, his first points finish since he won in Spain nearly five months earlier.

Maldonado at the 2012 US Grand Prix

Williams' form took a turn for the worse in Korea and Maldonado finished in 14th place after qualifying 15th. He once again managed to get into Q3 in India, but a mistake on his final attempt left him 9th on the grid.[46] His race was disappointing as he got his tyre punctured by Kobayashi after having passed the Sauber driver. He eventually finished 16th.[47] Maldonado returned to the sharp end of the grid in Abu Dhabi where he qualified 4th, which became 3rd as Vettel was excluded from qualifying due to having insufficient fuel in his car.[48] He kept 3rd place at the start and was running at the same pace as cars around him until his KERS unit failed after the first safety car period of the race. Without KERS his car lost pace and he fell back to eventually finish 5th.[49] Maldonado finished the season with a ninth place from ninth on the grid in the USA and a DNF after a second lap crash from sixteenth from the grid after a ten place penalty for a third reprimand after missing a weighbridge check in Brazil, as he finished 15th in the Championship on 45 points, the lowest Championship standing for a driver who won a race during an F1 season. Maldonado also received 14 penalties throughout the season, five ahead of Sergio Pérez and Michael Schumacher, Maldonado's grid penalties for both driving offences and gearbox changes totaled to 38 grid places, 1.8 per race.[50]

2013[edit]
Maldonado during practice at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 28 November 2012, Maldonado was retained by Williams for the 2013 season, where he is partnered by Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas.[51] At the start of the season Maldonado commented that the new FW35 chassis was a step back towards where the team were in 2011.[52] He failed to make it out of the first qualifying session at the first race, the Australian Grand Prix, and qualified in 17th position,[53] one place behind Bottas. Maldonado spun out in the race after 24 laps and consequently retired.[54] At the following round in Malaysia, Maldonado did make the second qualifying session but was caught out by the rain meaning he failed to set a time and started the race 16th. He was running in 15th place in the closing stages of the race when he retired again – his third in succession in Malaysia – due to a KERS failure.[55] At the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix, Maldonado and Chilton collided and brought out the red flag as the barrier became dislodged in the incident. Maldonado was not hurt in the crash. In the week following the announcement that Maldonado would not remain with the Williams team in 2014, Maldonado accused his team of sabotage at the United States Grand Prix.[56]

Lotus (2014–)[edit]

On 29 November 2013, Maldonado was signed by the Lotus F1 team, to partner Romain Grosjean in 2014.[1] He will drive with a number 13,[57] which was barely used in Formula One before.[58]

At the Bahrain Grand Prix, Maldonado collided with Esteban Gutiérrez after making a pit stop, causing Gutiérrez's car to roll. For causing the incident, Maldonado was given a ten-second stop-go penalty during the race, and after the race, three points on his FIA Super Licence, and a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix.[59] At the Chinese Grand Prix, Maldonado crashed into a wall in the pit lane during free practice.[60]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 Formula Renault 2.0 Italy Cram Competition 12 0 1 1 3 118 7th
Formula Renault 2000 Masters season 8 0 0 0 0 0 28th
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany 2 0 0 0 0 3 43rd
Formula Renault 2.0 Italy Winter Cup  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 1st
2004 Formula Renault 2.0 Italy 17 8 6 11 12 326 1st
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 15 2 0 1 3 134 8th
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup 2 0 0 0 0 12 21st
Formula One Minardi Test driver
2005 World Series by Renault DAMS 8 0 0 0 0 4 25th
Italian Formula 3000 Sighinolfi Auto Racing 4 1 1 1 1 14 9th
2006 World Series by Renault Draco Racing 17 3 5 6 5 103 3rd
2007 GP2 Series Trident Racing 13 1 1 0 2 25 11th
Euroseries 3000 G-Tec 2 1 1 1 1 12 10th
Formula 3000 Italy 2 1 1 1 1 12 8th
2008 GP2 Series Piquet Sports 20 1 2 3 6 60 5th
International GT Open - GTS Scuderia Latorre 2 0 0 0 1 8 22nd
Euroseries 3000 GP Racing 1 1 0 1 1 11 12th
International GT Open Scuderia Latorre  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 18 32nd
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series ART Grand Prix 5 0 0 0 1 7 15th
2009 Euroseries 3000 Teamcraft Motorsport 2 1 0 0 1 10 10th
GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 20 2 0 0 2 36 6th
2010 GP2 Series Rapax Team 20 6 0 5 8 87 1st
2011 Formula One AT&T Williams 19 0 0 0 0 1 18th
2012 Formula One Williams F1 Team 20 1 1 0 1 45 15th
2013 Formula One Williams F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 1 18th
2014 Formula One Lotus F1 Team 4 0 0 0 0 0* 20th*

* Season in progress.

Complete Formula Renault V6 Eurocup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 DC Points
2004 Cram Competition ITA1
1
ITA1
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
MON
1
CZE
1
CZE
2
UK
1
UK
2
BEL
1

13
BEL
2

5
ITA2
1
ITA2
2
GER
1
GER
2
UAE
1
UAE
2
21st 12

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2005 DAMS ZOL
1

20
ZOL
1

Ret
MON
1

DNS
VAL
1
VAL
2
LMS
1
LMS
2
BIL
1
BIL
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
DON
1

25
DON
2

7
EST
1

12
EST
2

Ret
MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

Ret
25th 4
2006 Draco Racing ZOL
1

8
ZOL
2

3
MON
1

1
IST
1

11
IST
2

Ret
MIS
1

DSQ
MIS
2

Ret
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

2
NUR
1

6
NUR
2

22
DON
1

8
DON
2

Ret
LMS
1

Ret
LMS
2

1
CAT
1

10
CAT
2

2
3rd 102

Complete Italian Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2005 Sighinolfi Auto Racing ADR VAL CHE
Ret
MON
Ret
MUG
7
MAG
1
MOZ MIS 9th 14
2007 G-Tec VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

Ret
MUG
FEA
MUG
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
8th 12

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 Trident Racing BHR
FEA

DNS
BHR
SPR

16
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

17
MON
FEA

1
FRA
FEA

10
FRA
SPR

8
GBR
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

2
GER
FEA

6
GER
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
11th 25
2008 Piquet Sports ESP
FEA

12
ESP
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

Ret
FRA
FEA

3
FRA
SPR

7
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

15
GER
FEA

6
GER
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

18
EUR
FEA

2
EUR
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

4
5th 60
2009 ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

5
ESP
SPR

6
MON
FEA

8
MON
SPR

1
TUR
FEA

6
TUR
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

1
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

9
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

DSQ
VAL
SPR

8
BEL
FEA

4
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

15
POR
FEA

11
POR
SPR

20
6th 36
2010 Rapax Team ESP
FEA

6
ESP
SPR

3
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

11
TUR
FEA

1
TUR
SPR

6
VAL
FEA

1
VAL
SPR

4
GBR
FEA

1
GBR
SPR

4
GER
FEA

1
GER
SPR

20
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

DSQ
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
ABU
FEA

17
ABU
SPR

9
1st 87

Complete Euroseries 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2007 G-Tec VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

Ret
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
MUG
FEA
MUG
SPR
NUR
FEA
NUR
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
11th 12
2008 GP Racing VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

C
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
MUG
FEA
MUG
SPR
MIS
FEA
MIS
SPR
JER
FEA
JER
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
12th 11
2009 Teamcraft Motorsport ALG
FEA

1
ALG
SPR

10
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
DON
FEA
DON
SPR
ZOL
FEA
ZOL
SPR
VAL
1
VAL
2
VAL
3
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
10th 10

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008–09 ART Grand Prix CHN
FEA
CHN
SPR
UAE
FEA

Ret
UAE
SPR

C
BHR1
FEA
BHR1
SPR
QAT
FEA
QAT
SPR
MYS
FEA

7
MYS
SPR

2
BHR2
FEA

Ret
BHR2
SPR

Ret
15th 7

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2011 AT&T Williams Williams FW33 Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
CHN
18
TUR
17
ESP
15
MON
18
CAN
Ret
EUR
18
GBR
14
GER
14
HUN
16
BEL
10
ITA
11
SIN
11
JPN
14
KOR
Ret
IND
Ret
ABU
14
BRA
Ret
19th 1
2012 Williams F1 Team Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 V8 AUS
13
MAL
19
CHN
8
BHR
Ret
ESP
1
MON
Ret
CAN
13
EUR
12
GBR
16
GER
15
HUN
13
BEL
Ret
ITA
11
SIN
Ret
JPN
8
KOR
14
IND
16
ABU
5
USA
9
BRA
Ret
15th 45
2013 Williams F1 Team Williams FW35 Renault RS27-2013 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
CHN
14
BHR
11
ESP
14
MON
Ret
CAN
16
GBR
11
GER
15
HUN
10
BEL
17
ITA
14
SIN
11
KOR
13
JPN
16
IND
12
ABU
11
USA
17
BRA
16
18th 1
2014 Lotus F1 Team Lotus E22 Renault Energy F1-2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHR
14
CHN
14
ESP
MON
CAN
AUT
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
RUS
USA
BRA
ABU
20th* 0*

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.
* Season in progress.

Personal life[edit]

Maldonado is an outspoken political figure, which is rare in the racing world. He considers himself a socialist and was a friend of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.[61] He was one of the guards of honour at Chávez's funeral.[62]

Maldonado married Venezuelan journalist Gabriela Tarkanyi on 15 December 2012, in Canaima, Venezuela. He and his wife welcomed a baby girl named Victoria in September 2013.[63]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Maldonado to race for Lotus alongside Grosjean in 2014". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Pastor Maldonado Biografía Retrieved on 19 January 2012.
  3. ^ Italian Formula Renault Championship, 2003 Retrieved on 1 February 2007.
  4. ^ 2003 Participations in German Formula Renault Retrieved on 1 February 2007.
  5. ^ 2004 Participations Retrieved on 1 February 2007.
  6. ^ 2004 European Formula Renault standings Retrieved on 1 February 2007.
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2003
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