I will laugh at everybody who's ridiculing Maldonado here if he scores a podium on Sunday. None of you have any form of race talent like he has, so don't judge him.
So after Free Practice 1 has he done what it takes to be on podium ? Lets find out.
- He would need that the Mercedes don't make again a 1&2 especially Rosberg which is a Monaco specialist or beat at least Hamilton.
2 seconds per lap difference from the Mercedes so NOPE
- He would have to beat Riccardo & Vettel on their Red Bull with an improved but not as good Lotus.
Nuff said He did not beat the RB who were at 3 and 5 (By now with just the point above and this one he has lost the podium if it was sunday)
- He would have to beat Alonso & Kimi, probably, since at this time the Ferrari and the Lotus are in the same level, but in a track where the driver have more influence like this track it all depends on whether he is better that Alonso & Kimi not just faster.
Even i thought they could beat the Ferrari's they ended up 4 & 6 with 1 second apart from Kimi.
- He would have to beat his teammate Grosjean who has been trashing him during the whole season.
Even they were pretty similar and could have beat him in FP1 he hasn't done so.
- Beat the Force India and Williams which is a highly possibility but you never know how these teams will perform here.
Out of my safest bet, on Lotus being better that FI and Williams during FP1 he could only beat 1 of the 4 cars (Massa) while being slower that .8 of the Fastest (Bottas) .6 from Perez and .4 from Hulkenberg while being just .250 from Massa.
- He would need to control his temper which in someone like Kimi is no problem but do you think Pastor can do that ?
37 Laps without doing anything crazy (Like Crashing into Perez on purpose tbt 2012) so he manage to do so.
- But most important, he would need to avoid crashing in one of the hardest tracks of the season, where a minimal mistake or distraction (I.E. watching the steering wheel like he did in China pit's) could make you hit the wall (something he has done in his 3 appearances at this track during his F1 career).
So far no distraction or another mistake that might making him end in the ways which is a good thing considering he has done 37 laps.
Lets see how he copes at FP2 with this goals to see if he might get podium on sunday.
Edited by emmanuelrubi, 22 May 2014 - 11:50.