Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Maldonado mot unhappy with decision to leave Williams for Lotus

(Frederic Le Floc'h/DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Pastor Maldonado has stated that he has n regrets about leaving Williams in favour of a move to the Lotus F1 Team. The Venezuelan moved to Enstone replacing Kimi Raikkonen over the Winter bringing his backers PDVSA to the team with him.

However, the move has so far struggled for success with the Lotus F1 Team yet to score a point in 2014 whereas Maldonado's former employer Williams have scored points in of the first four Grand Prix of the season and are currently in 6th place in the Constructors championship. Formula One is in Spain this weekend as the sport returns to Europe.

The Circuit de Catalunya has been a great venue for both Maldonado and the Lotus F1 Team in the past. In 2012, Maldonado scored his solo Grand Prix victory to date for the Williams tam here in 2012 while the Lotus F1 Team scored a podium there the same year with Kimi Raikkonen finishing the race in third place. The Finn went on to finish last year's race here in 2nd place behind race winner Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Speaking to Spanish media ahead of the Grand Prix this weekend, Maldonado stated:

'Williams was not working as it should and so after three years I had to look for a new challenge, a new hope, something to motivate me, "I decided to come here (to Lotus) because history said it was a great team, and when I arrived I found exactly what I had sought.'

Last week the Williams Martini Racing Team announced their financial results from 2013 which saw their profits rise by £20 million despite a difficult season. It also emerged that PDVSA paid the Grove based outfit a reported £25 million to enable Maldonado to move to the Lotus F1 Team.

Maldonado said that despite the problems that the team are currently experiencing the Atmosphere at Lotus is 'terrific'.

©Ben Johnston 2014

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