Maldonado – ‘I don’t need a coach’


Pastor Maldonado will not employ the services of a driver coach any time in the near future.

The Lotus driver, well known for his on-track antics during his Formula 1 tenure, only scored points in consecutive races for the second time in his career with his seventh place finishes at the recent races in Canada and Austria. 

Maldonado believes that an advisor cannot provide much help, especially if they have never driven the car.

"It's very difficult to have someone who is not driving, who doesn't know the conditions and how the car itself feels.

"It's especially difficult with the tyres we have now to understand, even for us, the feeling in real time."

The Venezuelan, currently 13th in the drivers' championship, four points behind his team-mate Romain Grosjean, feels that someone on outside cannot add any real value, especially as they will not be privy to the inner workings of the team. 

"It's a bit complicated for someone external to say something.

"I think we are all professionals here, all with a lot of experience.

"We've been driving for many years, we know what to do when dealing with a championship or team strategies.

Grosjean, famously turned to former three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart after a series of on-track incidents during the 2012 season. 

He received a one race ban after the an incident at Spa, where he removed Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sergio Pérez as well as himself from the grand prix.

The Frenchman believed that Stewart helped him in many aspects of  life in the Formula 1 paddock.

"It was more about life in Formula 1, where you should see yourself in the world and how you can improve. It was very interesting," he said.

Grosjean is of the opinion that the idea of a coach can work for others, but it cannot be forced on anyone. 

"It needs to come from you when you want to go and see someone and ask questions, get help or advice," he said.

"I phoned Jackie and said 'can I come to yours?' It was nice."

Maldonado however, appears not to buy into the concept at all.

"I wouldn't choose anyone. It's a single-seater car, not a rally car…"