Maldonado unfazed by criticism

Date published: August 13 2015 - Editor

Pastor Maldonado insists he is not bothered by the constant barrage of criticism but would rather people speak "good" about him.

Entering Formula 1 with the help of his extensive sponsorship package from PDVSA, Maldonado has had to carry the tag of pay driver.

However, his reputation has not been helped by too many on-track incidents.

Deemed a crasher by fans and rivals alike, the Venezuelan driver is more used to criticism than to praise.

"It doesn't bother me at all," he told Autosport.

"I've always been heavily criticised by many people, but it's part of my job and part of my life.

"This is a very intensive job and I just always try to do my best for the people I work with.

"Whether that's in the factory or the simulator, the engineers and the people who need to like me, the team, like me.

"If you ask me what I would prefer, I prefer people talk good about me, which is normal, but what they say does not affect me.

"Maybe it motivates me, who knows?"