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Pastor Maldonado

BornMarch 10, 1985

Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta is a Formula One driver currently with the Williams team. Maldonado's first experience of formula racing was in 2003 when he competed in the Italian Formula Renault Championship with Cram Competition. In 2004, Maldonado ran a dual programme in Italian and Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup with Cram Competition. He won the Italian title, with eight wins and six pole positions from seventeen starts. In 2005, he made four starts in the Italian F3000 Championship with Sighinolfi Auto Racing. Maldonado secured a full-time drive in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Draco Racing in 2006. After a successful test in late 2006, he signed a contract to drive for Trident Racing in 2007. He moved to the Piquet Sports team for 2008, his second year in the series. In the early 2011 season, he raced for Williams team replacing former GP2 team-mate Nico Hülkenberg. Before making his Formula One debut in 2011, he won the 2010 GP2 championship. He became the first Venezuelan to win a Formula One Grand Prix when he won the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix from his first pole position.  
2017 Inside Line F1 Podcast: Which F1 Team is sandbagging?
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With the pre-season tests out of the way which team is our favourite for 2017? Tune in!
Why Kevin Magnussen deserves a second chance
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Pastor Maldonado's greatest moment: the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix
Pastor Maldonado's greatest moment: the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix
Pastor Maldonado has left Formula One, perhaps for good. Here's reliving his only race win.
The Inside Line: F1 will miss you, Pastor
The Inside Line: F1 will miss you, Pastor
Crashtor has left the building.
Pastor Maldonado to be replaced at Renault for 2016 Formula One season
Pastor Maldonado to be replaced at Renault for 2016 Formula One season
He will be replaced by former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen.
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A comprehensive history of Renault in F1.
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Renault sign letter of intent to take majority stake in Lotus F1
In a widely-expected takeover, French automakers Renault have signed a Letter of Intent to take a majority, controlling stake in Formula One team Lotus.
Lotus locked out of hospitality at Suzuka ahead of Japanese Grand Prix
Lotus locked out of hospitality at Suzuka ahead of Japanese Grand Prix
The team are already subject to tax cases that could see them go into administration, and there is talk of a Renault buyout.
Pastor Maldonado to stay at Lotus through 2016
Pastor Maldonado to stay at Lotus through 2016
The Venezuelan driver, who is sponsored by the country's state oil company PDVSA, will keep his seat for the following season.
Mark Webber thinks pay drivers in F1 should be removed
Mark Webber thinks pay drivers in F1 should be removed
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F1 Drivers pay tribute to Jules Bianchi
F1 Drivers pay tribute to Jules Bianchi
Bianchi's currently racing colleagues paid homage to the 25-year-old, who passed away last week following 9 months in a coma.
F1 Drivers pay last respects to Jules Bianchi
F1 Drivers pay last respects to Jules Bianchi
Several of Bianchi's colleagues were at his memorial - among them Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean were pallbearers.
Top 10 Tweets from the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix
Top 10 Tweets from the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix
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Mercedes engine upgrades benefit whole grid
Mercedes engine upgrades benefit whole grid
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Austrian GP 2015: Race round-up
Austrian GP 2015: Race round-up
Mercedes continue their domination with yet another 1-2, while Ferrari misses out on a podium with Felipe Massa of Williams finishing 3rd.
Austrian GP 2015 Qualifying: What happened
Austrian GP 2015 Qualifying: What happened
We round up today's qualifying session ahead of the race tomorrow.
Top Five Drivers from 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
Top Five Drivers from 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
This year's GP saw some expected results and some significant upsets. Valtteri Bottas of Williams and Pastor Maldonado of Lotus were among the surprises at this race.
Canadian Grand Prix 2015: Race Round-Up
Canadian Grand Prix 2015: Race Round-Up
Quick key facts about the Grand Prix in Montreal, won by Lewis Hamilton with Nico Rosberg in second and Valtteri Bottas in third.
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