Maldonado vows not to dwell on collision with Hamilton in European Grand Prix
|By Jonathan Noble||Tuesday, July 3rd 2012, 17:37 GMT|
Pastor Maldonado has vowed to not dwell on the rights and wrongs of his collision with Lewis Hamilton in the European Grand Prix - as he insists that his focus is firmly on doing well at Silverstone this weekend.
The Venezuelan was handed a 20-second time penalty in lieu of a drive through for causing the collision – and although disappointed at the decision, he says there is no point going back through events.
"I think it was a hard race, especially for the conditions as it was so warm, and during the race I had a bad start, and the first stint was so hard for us," he said during the latest FOTA Fans' Forum at the Williams factory on Tuesday night.
"I started to recover, a bit late, and it was coming quite good, quite late, and especially in the last stint I was quite competitive. Then I got close to Lewis as he was in trouble with the tyres. I was quicker than him, two seconds or three seconds quicker, and I tried to overtake.
"But we made contact and I was disappointed for that race, for the points and for him as he is fighting for the championship.
"But this is racing. I am looking forward to this weekend, and it will be important for the team. It is a home race for us, but the team is ready, we will do our best and hope to be competitive again."
Maldonado also sent a message of support for Maria de Villota, who was injured in a testing crash at Duxford earlier in the day.
"It was very bad news this morning when I got to the factory," he said. "I feel very disappointed. For sure she is a great woman and was living the dream this morning and it is awful to hear that – especially when it was [her] first time in the car during the year. So best wishes to her and I hope to see her quite soon on track."