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Maldonado handed grid penalty for Chinese GP

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Pastor Maldonado will carry a five-place grid penalty into the Chinese Grand Prix after the Venezuelan speared his Lotus into the side of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber in Sunday's floodlit race in Bahrain. Gutierrez literally did not know what had hit him after the Mexican's car was flipped abruptly in the air by the impact at turn one before landing upside down on the roll bar and then righting itself. "Wow, what was that?," he exclaimed over the car radio from the wreckage.

Maldonado handed grid penalty for Chinese GP

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Pastor Maldonado will carry a five-place grid penalty into the Chinese Grand Prix after the Venezuelan speared his Lotus into the side of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber in Sunday's floodlit race in Bahrain. Gutierrez literally did not know what had hit him after the Mexican's car was flipped abruptly in the air by the impact at turn one before landing upside down on the roll bar and then righting itself. "Wow, what was that?," he exclaimed over the car radio from the wreckage.

Formula One: Williams rage after Maldonado claims 'sabotage'

Deputy team chief Claire Williams on Saturday rejected all insinuations of sabotage made by want-away driver Pastor Maldonado against the British Formula One team. Venezuelan Maldonado had suggested his poor performance in qualifying at the United States Grand Prix was the result of "dirty tricks" including altering tyre pressures and temperatures. He told reporters: "I think in my car somebody is playing with the pressure and the temperatures."

Maldonado says he will decide who he drives for

By Alan Baldwin ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Venezuelan Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado said on Thursday he had several offers on the table for next season and the decision to leave or stay at Williams would be up to him. Responding to increasing paddock speculation that he is heading for Lotus, Maldonado told reporters at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that no decision had been made yet.

Formula One drivers give new meaning to style on wheels

Madrid, May 20 (EFE).- Formula One drivers stoically endure special diets and training regimens that rival those of any elite athlete, but they still find time to enjoy life as they see fit off the track. The high level of competition on the F1 circuit is stressful and drivers look for ways to let off steam when they are not racing, engaging in relaxing activities that connect them to the real world, such as reading and spending time with family and friends. Efe spent some time with the Williams racing team to learn how drivers spend their time away from the track.

Williams "undriveable" in qualifying says Maldonado

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Pastor Maldonado blamed his "undriveable" Williams car rather than the torrential rain for being among the first six cars eliminated in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. The Venezuelan, who won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position last year, said the Williams team was back in the same state as in his rookie season in 2011, their worst in 35 years in the sport.

Motor racing-Williams offer condolences after Chavez death

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) - The Williams Formula One team, sponsored heavily by Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA and with Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado as one of their drivers, sent condolences to the country on Wednesday after the death of president Hugo Chavez. Socialist leader Chavez died of cancer on Tuesday.
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