Maldonado: It's not that I'm crazy
19 November 2013 – Pastor Maldonado has admitted he was wrong to lash out at the Williams team during the United States Grand Prix weekend and he has added that he has some 'big friends' there, 'maybe the only friends I have in F1'.
Maldonado suggested that his mechanics had tampered with his car after being eliminated from the first phase of qualifying on the Saturday, but was apologetic the next day and has now reiterated that what he said was unacceptable.
“Sometimes you get too stressed and you get stuck in the moment,” he told ESPNF1.com. “But maybe there is something behind that after three years, and sometimes you can explode. I think I accumulated energy and exploded. It's not that I'm crazy and I start to say many things like that.
“For sure it was wrong from my side, because I respected them for three years and they respected me for three years, but I was so stressed during the weekend and after the announcement that I am leaving the team. Maybe some people changed in approach and I was taking that personally.
“I think they were not all the team, so I cannot react against all of my people because of just one person. At the end of the day it's a great relationship and I want to keep them as friends.
"I have some big friends here, maybe the only friends I have in F1, and we've had maybe the best time of my career together, but maybe also the worst part of my career together [too].”
Maldonado will be replaced by Felipe Massa next year, and while he has options for 2014 – and is one of the favourites to go to Lotus, along with Nico Hülkenberg, it seems the trials of this season, the Williams team has really struggled, have got to him.
“Sometimes you have tough days, not only racing but in your life as well. I'm living a hard time because we have suffered a lot and many things have happened with my car during the season. After the victory and after the good season we had last year we were expecting more. Not just me, we as a team were expecting more,” he continued.
“When you get to the end of the season you are more stressed, but only because I want something more and want to deliver 100 per cent but am limited by the car. Sometimes you can say something more than what you need to say.”
“It has not been easy for me to leave the team, I have some great relationships and friends. For sure, there are some people in the team I don't like but maybe they don't like me as well, it's like a family. In a family you can have some differences,” he added.
“Now it's too late and I'm leaving the team.
“But I wish them all the best.”