August 28, 2011 (F1plus Team).- It’s always good to see when run is running out a driver and then something happens that would lift the spirit of that person. Indeed, we are talking about Pastor Maldonado who scored his first ever Formula 1 points at Spa-Francorchamps by finishing in 10th place in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Pastor drove through from 21st on the grid into the top ten despite picking up damage to the front wing of his Williams-Cosworth FW33 on the first lap of the race. Today’s result makes him the first Venezuelan to score a world championship point since Johnny Cecotto back in 1983.
All this came in the middle of a mild turmoil after what happened during qualifying yesterday between the Venezuelan and Hamilton. The Williams driver collided just after Q2 had finished in what seemed a bit of retaliation for an earlier episode few turns back in the last lap, such action cost him five spots on the grid as a penalty.
The other Williams driver, Rubens Barrichello, came home in 16th after having to make an unscheduled pit stop from 13th position for a new front wing with just three laps remaining.
Sam Michael, Technical Director: It was a good race into the top ten for Pastor today and well done to him on scoring points. Both cars were consistent and strong in the critical sectors of this demanding race track. Pastor and Rubens managed their tyres blistering during the race using Pirelli recommendations. We damaged the front wing on both cars during the race, which hurt the performance of the car, but our pace was still consistent.
Pastor Maldonado: I’m really happy to score a point for both myself and for the team. It is a big improvement. During the race our pace was very consistent so I’m happy for that and I’m also pleased for my country. Finally we have some points and it’s even better to get them here at such a special track. It was a hard race starting from the back, but I was pushing every single lap.