Team Lotus F1 Team
Nationality Venezuelan
Date of Birth 09 Mar 1985
F1 Debut Australia 2011 with Williams Cosworth
F1 Team Williams, Lotus

Pastor Maldonado

In Singapore

Maldonado in Singapore:

2011 Williams: qualified 13th, finished 11th
2012 Williams: qualified 2nd, retired, hydraulic failure
2013 Williams: qualified 18th, finished 11th
2014 Lotus: qualified 18th, finished 13th

Searching for a second victory

Pastor Maldonado first proved his pace when he won the 2010 GP2 championship, becoming the only driver to win six successive feature races in a single season. The next year, made his Formula OneTM debut with Williams, hustling an uncompetitive car to three top ten qualifying positions.

The following season, he secured a dominant victory in the Spanish Grand Prix leading to hopes Williams had turned a corner having gone a long seven and a half years without a win. Sadly it was not to be.

The 2013 season proved a particularly tough one for Maldonado, as Williams’ form again slumped. He scored just a single championship point for a 10th place in Hungary and at the end of the year was determined to move to new pastures, which he has found at Lotus.

Many have suggested that his place in the Lotus team is as much down to financial backing from a portfolio of Venezuelan sponsors as it due to his pace. Certainly good fiscal management is as much a part of modern Formula OneTM as skills in the cockpit, but Maldonado’s past performance has proved plenty of natural talent and is a robust, if sometimes over-aggressive, racing style.

Last year was tough as Maldonado suffered a host of retirements with an uncompetitive car and the Venezuelan managed just one points scoring finish – in the United States Grand Prix – as he finished down in 16th in the championship. With Mercedes power now in the back of the Lotus, the one-time race winner will be hoping to challenge further up the grid.