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Maldonado unfazed by criticism

Monday 02-September-2013 06:37

Pastor Maldonado won't change his approach to racing just to alter his reputation with his critics.

The Williams driver was back in the stewards' bad books last time out in Spa when he was handed a ten-second stop-go penalty for crashing into Paul di Resta.

At the time, Maldonado believed the blame belonged partly to di Resta's team-mate Adrian Sutil, who he says crossed his line "aggressively."

That, though, did not stop the stewards from giving the Venezuelan driver his latest penalty.

But despite that list growing, Maldonado says he won't let criticism force him to change his style.

"I'm racing, this is racing. My reputation is another thing," he told ESPNF1.

"I will race and if some people think something about me then they are free. I cannot say 'don't think that'."

Pressed as to whether he felt he was being targeted by the stewards, he said: "If you make a mistake you must be penalised.

"But the decision they take sometimes can be quite strong. That's my opinion."

But while the stewards do get it wrong at times, Maldonado concedes they do not have an easy job.

"It depends how is the view from their side. It's like football. It's always difficult to say from the outside, and even [difficult to explain] from the inside if you are trying to explain to them and they are not properly in the place.

"I think what happened in Spa is clear; very clear and obvious. And I think it's unfair that I got the penalty."

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