Maldonado seeking solutions to stay away from penalties

© Ubaid Parkar, 7 September 2012
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Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado has been punished by the FIA stewards on no less than ten occasions this season, prompting the Venezuelan to rethink his approach during a race weekend.

The Williams driver will serve two separate five-place grid drops on Sunday at Monza; one for a jump start and another for causing a collision with the Marussia of Timo Glock at the at the preceding Belgian Grand Prix.

In the light of the penalties, the 27-year-old former GP2 champion acknowledged that he had to do try harder not to compromise his race weekends.

"I have been penalised quite a lot at the moment, we need to try to do something different, to be away from the stewards," Maldonado was quoted saying by Reuters. "I am doing my best and this is the solution, to be away from them.

"Sometimes I have been involved in small incidents and I have been to the stewards again so I will try and be away from everything,” he pointed out. "I must evaluate the situations, it is difficult now to say I will get this style or change that. I need to think more and evaluate more the situation in the car.”

Maldonado hasn’t scored a point since win at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, which has been attributed to his aggressive driving style that hasn’t paid dividends since his victory

“For sure I need to use (aggression) when we need to use it and not always,” he reasoned.

Romain Grosjean was the other driver who was punished by the stewards for the Italian GP weekend, with the Frenchman serving a one-race ban for causing a collision at the start of the race at Spa which could have seriously injured others.

The Lotus driver has been replaced by Jerome D’Ambrosio, with the Belgian set to take part in his first race this year since the 2011 season-finale in Brazil.

D’Ambrosio has had only a single outing in a Formula 1 car this season during the Mugello test on a wet track, forcing the former Virgin driver to keep his expectations in check at Monza.

"I don’t have much information to set myself a position target – or anything,” he said.

Rivals however claim that they do are not worried about the first driver change of the season in what would be a relative newcomer who would start in a competitive car.

“No concern, because he's had experience last year so he's not a rookie,” pointed out Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

 

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