Pastor Maldonado

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Pastor Maldonado
Pastor Maldonado 2011 Malaysia.jpg
Pastor Maldonado in Malaysia
Nationality Venezuela Venezuelan
Date of birth 9 March 1985 (1985-03-09) (age 29)
Formula One World Championship career
2011 team Williams-Cosworth
2011 car # 12
Races 11
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2011 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2012 British Grand Prix

Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta (born March 9, 1985 in Maracay) is a Venezuelan racing driver. His career so far has been in single-seater Formula racing. He is the 2010 GP2 Champion, and a former champion of Italian Formula Renault. He is currently a driver for the Williams Formula One team. His first F1 race was the 2011 Australian Grand Prix.

Career[change | edit source]

2003[change | edit source]

Maldonado started formula racing in Italy in 2003. He competed in the Italian Formula Renault Championship. He had three podium finishes and one pole position.[1]

2004[change | edit source]

In 2004, Maldonado ran in both the Italian and European Formula Renault series. He won the Italian championship He had eight wins and six pole positions.[2] In the European championship, he finished in eighth position, with two wins.[3] Maldonado also entered one round of the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup at Spa-Francorchamps.[4]

2005[change | edit source]

In 2005, Maldonado made four starts in the Italian F3000 Championship. He won one race and finish in ninth place.[5] He also entered nine races (and made seven starts) in the Spanish-based World Series by Renault (WSR). Maldonado only started seven of the races, and his best finish was seventh place.[6]

Maldonado received a four-race ban in the WSR for dangerous driving. He did not slow down at the scene of an accident at Monaco. There were warning flags displayed. He hit and seriously injured a marshal.[7]

2006[change | edit source]

Maldonado received a full-time drive in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Draco Racing in 2006. He was finished in third place. He won three race and finished on the podium six other times. Maldonado had five pole positions.[8][9]

GP2 Series[change | edit source]

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

Maldonado signed a contract to drive in GP2 for Trident Racing in 2007.[10] He first win came in his fourth race in the series at Monaco. He missed the final four rounds of the season after breaking a collarbone during training. He finished the season outside the top 10.[11] He has moved to the Piquet Sports team for the 2008 season. He finished in fifth place in the drivers' championship.

Maldonado signed to drive for the ART Grand Prix team for the 2009 season.[12] As part of the deal, he also joined the team for three rounds of the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season.[13] He finished sixth overall, helping ART to the teams title.

Maldonado drove for the Rapax Team in the 2010 season. He won the Championship that year.

Formula One[change | edit source]

Maldonado during pre-season testing at Jerez in February 2011.

In November 2004, Maldonado was given a test with the Minardi Formula One team.[14] Maldonado was considered for the Campos Meta team (now Hispania Racing) in 2010.[15] Karun Chandhok got the drive with HRT.

After Williams said that Nico Hülkenberg had been dropped from the team's 2011 line-up, Maldonado was announced as his replacement on December 1.[16][17] Maldonado also brings sponsorship from the Venezuelan government to Williams. This is through the state-owned PDVSA oil company.[18]

Politics[change | edit source]

Maldonado has strong feelings about politics and talks about them openly. This is not very common in the racing world. He says he is a socialist and a friend of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.[19]

Racing record[change | edit source]

Career summary[change | edit source]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 GP2 Series Trident Racing 12 1 1 0 2 25 11th
2008 GP2 Series Piquet Sports 20 1 2 4 6 60 5th
2008-09 GP2 Asia Series ART Grand Prix 5 0 0 0 1 7 15th
2009 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 19 2 0 0 2 36 6th
2010 GP2 Series Rapax Team 19 6 0 5 8 87 1st
2011 Formula One AT&T Williams 11 0 0 0 0 0* 21st*

* Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Series results[change | edit source]

(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 GP2 Asia Series results[change | edit source]

(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
ABU
FEA

Ret
ABU
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[change | edit source]

(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 L V8 Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates Please update the F1 race stats templates BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU BRA 21st* 0*

* Season in progress.
Driver did not finish the Grand Prix. Driver was classified (ranked) because they finished over 90% of the race.

References[change | edit source]

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  15. "Guardian Unlimited: Bruno Senna wins 2010 Formula One drive with new Campos Meta team" (NewsBank). Financial Times Information Limited (England: Guardian Newspapers Ltd). 2009-11-11. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:AWNB:GULB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=12BEECDD325D66F0&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0EAD847D4966C8AF. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
  16. Benson, Andrew (2010-11-15). "Williams keep Rubens Barrichello but drop Nico Hulkenberg". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC Sport). http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9190652.stm. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
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  19. Ore, Diego (2010-12-17). "Venezuela F1 driver flies flag for socialist Chavez". ca.reuters.com (Reuters). http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE6B85EK20101209?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0. Retrieved 2010-12-17.

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