Maldonado to 'think more'
Pastor Maldonado is determined to keep away from the stewards' office at the Italian GP and turn over a new leaf in his chequered season.
By Mike Wise at Monza
Last Updated: 07/09/12 9:17am
Pastor Maldonado is determined to keep away from the stewards' office at the Italian Grand Prix and turn over a new leaf in his chequered Formula 1 season.
Although the Venezuelan has failed to score since his victory in Barcelona back in May, he has become far more adept at picking up penalties.
Maldonado has incurred seven sanctions to date this season, with two coming during last Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix alone. Maldonado jumped the start at Spa before hitting the Marussia of Timo Glock.
In between times came the first-corner accident caused by Romain Grosjean that resulted in a one-race ban for the Frenchman.
Maldonado is seen as the driver most likely to follow Grosjean to F1's naughty step but he is determined to break his run of penalties - the Venezuelan saying he needs to "think more" behind the wheel.
"I'm being penalised quite a lot at the moment. We need to try and do something different to be away from the stewards. I'll do my best and this is the solution - to be away from them," Maldonado said on Thursday.
"Sometimes I've been involved in small incidents and I didn't go to the stewards, so I will try to be away from everything. But at the same time we'll try to push and I'll try to try my best.
Maldonado suggested that he needs to channel his aggression better.
"It is one of my characteristics, some like it; some don't. But for sure I think we should use that when we need to use it," he said.
"It's difficult to say 'now I will get this style or I will change that'. I need to think more and evaluate more the situation in the car."
Maldonado admitted the 10-place penalty means that his weekend will not be an easy one. Even so, he still hopes to make headway on the high-speed Monza layout.
"I'm not happy with that but we need to race. Fortunately this track is quite quick: you can recover on the straights, we are looking to have a good top speed and to have a different approach for this race.
"Here it's possible. It's one of the tracks on which you can overtake more easily than the others."
Maldonado, who has only scored twice in 12 races, added: "We miss a lot of points this season. It's time to do well, it's time to recover. I repeat: the first thing is to be away from the stewards and after that I'll do my races and my results will come.
"I'm leading the team and I need to respond."