Just when you thought you had seen the back of Pastor Maldonado, an enterprising young man named Lawrence Barretto at AUTOSPORT decided it might be a good time to chat up Pastor about his aspirations of returning the Formula 1.
Maldonado was/is backed by PDVSA and when the Renault buyout of Lotus happened, there were some issues over missed payment prompting Renault, many feel wisely, to terminate their contract with Maldonado.
Money talks in F1 and if that wasn’t the case, you might not have seen a reserve driver winning the Indy 500 but due to pay-driver scenarios in racing, the most remote chances have come true. Rio Haryanto, Pastor, Palmer, and even the great Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher paid for a ride when they got started. Sure, it may not be as pervasive as it is now but it has existed for a long time.
Could Pastor make his way back? If he has $40m in backing like many say he had before, then there may be a team willing to listen. Manor and Sauber come to mind as teams who may like an infusion of that kind of cash. Pastor is no rookie, he spent five years in F1 but he feels he just hasn’t had the right chance to show what he can do:
“I never had the car to show my talent,” he said. “When I was with Williams, we won a race and 2012 was a good season.
“But the other two seasons were not so good and at Lotus, it was a bit the same – I never had a chance to be at a good level.
“I would like a good car, maybe not the best but a car that allows me to show my potential and be in the points regularly.”
I have to think there isn’t a driver on the grid from 7th down that doesn’t feel the same way. They all would like to have the best car but that is where the pay-driver scenario becomes less attractive. Mercedes and Ferrari aren’t interested in paying drivers and I doubt Red Bull and even Williams F1 these days are too keen to seek that kind of strategy to bankroll their racing operation. I’m not even sure Force India is incredibly motivated to kick out Sergio Perez or Nico Hulkenberg for Maldonado.
Let’s be honest, I haven’t been able to show what I can do in F1 because I haven’t been given the opportunity whether in the car or working in the paddock. How’s that sound? In fact, you, the reader, probably haven’t been given the chance to show just what you can do either.
At this point, I think PDVSA might get more brand traction by sponsoring our website than Pastor’s racing career.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT