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Maldonado vows not to dwell on collision with Hamilton in European Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado 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."

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