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Willams have confirmed that GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado will take their second seat for 2011. www.autosport.com/news/repor... Seems that Williams really have fallen on bad times if their bringing in pay drivers. Maybe with their link up with HRT they can swap drivers between them during the season.
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posted Dec 1, 2010
I can't help but feel that although Maldonado has proved in GP2 he can drive it's a step backwards for Williams. Hulkenberg proved he could drive winning GP2 in 2009 and with 1 season in F1 under his belt would have been much better positioned to improve in 2011. F1 is not GP2 and Maldonado is starting from scratch. Not to mention Hulkenbergs 2009 win was more consistent than Maldonados (100 pts vs 80pts, 10 podiums vs 8 podiums). In my mind the team should be aiming for the best drivers rather than this juggling act of talent vs money. Better results would automatically bring in more cash.
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i hope Maldonado fails i've never rated him as a driver and i hope Williams see this and bring back the Hulk he is a quality driver and his pole in brazil was quality to
I've been a fan of Pastor since getting his autograph in the GP2 paddock in Valencia a couple of years ago, so very pleased he's got a seat!As for the 2010 GP2 was weak and he was dominated by the hulk in 2009 argument, i agree. But a lot of drivers do average in GP2 and come through, Karun for instance who everyone thought would be pants from his shocking GP2 performances but i thought was actually pretty darn good! So I think we all need to reserve judgement on Pastor until after he's raced a bit, Vitaly Petrov only came good towards the end of the season, and he can only beat the competition in GP2 this year!Same applies to Sergio Perez, everyone will argue he is just there for his money, but he I would argue is better than the hulk!!I do think the hulk should get a seat though, I just don't see where there is one except at one of the new boys and not sure if thats the best career move for him not having the development experience. Perhaps he should move to GT's for a year or something.
posted Dec 2, 2010
To all the people saying "Williams are going backwards" where have you been? Williams went backwards a long time ago and have been stagnating in the midfield ever since.The Hulk showed nothing last season (pole by over a second blah blah blah. Right place right time, same old same old 24 hours later) to suggest he is a star of the future who will out-perform the car, why not give someone else a chance he clearly deserves, especially when he brings something Williams desperately need (£££). First and foremost Williams need to build a more competitive car. The more money you have the easier that is. Sometimes you have to take a small step back in order to take two big ones forward.
It's got to be the first time a man of the cloth got a F1 drive surely....
posted Dec 3, 2010
Frezinho (U14180069)I have serious doubt that Maldonado will impress more than Hulkenberg. There's still the matter of the testing ban. At least Hulkenberg has had a season's worth of experience. Would he also have gotten this seat if he didn't bring all that money? Probably not. Williams are going to lose some sponsors for next season, and that's a big hit on their budget. They needed someone who brings in some money, that he's the current GP2 champion is just extra I think.
Hulkenberg outclassed Barrichello, he is lucky to get out of Williams because they have zero ambition and love competing with HRT, Lotus and Virgin Racing, they shouldn't even be in F1.VIVA Hulkenberg!
@badkarmaI agree with you that Maldonado probably wouldn't have got the drive but for the money, but the fact is the money is there. I'm not saying that he will outperform Hulkenberg, the fact is we don't know. I'm merely saying, in my opinion, Hulkenberg didn't do enough to cement his seat and Williams went for the money. I'm not saying it's just or right, I'm just saying I understand the decision.
It's a tough call to make when it comes to the super-expensive world of F1. Hulkenberg got robbed, he was far better than his peers (Petrov, Kobayashi, Bruno Senna, Di Grassi) this season and even had a pole position to boot. After this kind of season, I don't think it would have taken much for him to find sponsorship. (I'm going to be called a blasphemer for this comment, but here it goes...)Now that the Hulk is out of a job in F1 and looking to do something else, why not go to DTM, LMS or even the heathen NASCAR series? Granted, it's not open-wheel but the other options are GP2, where he won a title, or IndyCar (ahem...no). If I were Red Bull, I'd give Hulk a shot at Daytona in the vacant #82. The worst that can happen is he doesn't like it, no skin off Red Bull's back.
In my opinion he is a paying driver..and i don't understand how is he out of the young driver's programme when he's 25 (just a thought), hulk could help in torro rosso or force india too (seeing the merc link up) or if he's lucky renault alongside kubica
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