Maldonado: I get treated harshly

Pastor Maldonado feels that he gets harsher treatment by Formula One stewards when it comes to punishing the Venezuelan for on-track incidents.

The Venezuelan has a reputation for being reckless and being very aggressive on the track and feels that he does not always deserve the blame or sanctions when he is involved in race issues. 

In 2016, Maldonado is expected to lead the newly-formed Renault works team along with Jolyon Palmer and is hoping that he gets the same treatment and is not treated harsher than other drivers for the same offence. 

“When I make a mistake, even by myself without touching anyone, everybody is surprised and this is the news of the day,” said Maldonado.

“All the other drivers crash, all the other drivers have incidents and nothing happens. Look at [Valtteri] Bottas and Kimi [Raikkonen], twice, and it’s a simple racing incident. I have a stupid contact and everybody goes ‘Agghh…'”

“It’s very difficult for the stewards because they are always different. So it’s very difficult to value the same in different races. It’s not that they don’t like me or not. I know all of them and they are just doing their jobs. But sometimes they have different views than the other races.

“I’ve seen so many incidents during the year and maybe they weren’t that hard with their decisions. Sometimes with me, they are a bit harder. It’s part of the game. It’s the same in football.”