Maldonado left to rue qualifying and penalty
11 June 2012 – Since winning in Barcelona, Pastor Maldonado has endured a first-lap crash in Monaco and now a 13th place finish in Canada. On Sunday, the Venezuelan made up nine places from his starting position, but was left to lament a crash in qualifying and consequent gearbox change which left him with a five-place grid penalty.
“Today the car felt very consistent and was pretty well balanced, but unfortunately starting so far back after qualifying meant that I could not really have a good run at finishing in a points-paying position,” the Venezuelan explained.
“Our one-stop strategy meant that I had to manage the tyres carefully, but when I did get to push in the final few laps the car was quick. The car’s performance in long runs is something we can be optimistic about heading into the next race, we just need to focus on improving our qualifying pace so we start from a better position.”
Heading to Valencia and the European Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time, Maldonado sits tenth in the Drivers’ Championship with Williams seventh for team honours.