On May 13, 2012, Venezuela received one of the many good news in sports. The driver from Aragón of the Williams team in Formula One, Pastor Maldonado, won a competition of this level for the first and only time, by winning the Spanish Grand Prix, in a year in which Rubén Limardo dominated the scene with his Olympic medal in individual épée in London; Félix Hernández pitched a perfect game with Seattle; and Johan Santana threw no hit no run with the Mets.
Maldonado made his debut in the premier category of motors the previous year, leaving some glimpses of his quality, ringing a bell when in practice at the Montmeló circuit, he scored second place behind Lewis Hamilton.
Regulations and circumstances forced Hamilton to start last, so that Pastor came out first and the local idol Fernando Alonso, a member of the Ferrari team, immediately behind.
A few moments before lowering the flag and reaching the first corner of the first lap, Alonso showed off his skill and took first place over Maldonado.
This is how some of the first laps of the 66 scheduled took place, as well as the first tire change. Alonso first while Pastor kept pace without letting up.
The public looked at Hamilton for a while, who gradually displaced 10 competitors. As always, the comebacks and auctions always attract attention.
taking the tip
The golden opportunity was taken advantage of by Pastor and his team with the second tire change, when the Williams team applied a particular strategy to get more performance out of it.
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Alonso had to make the adjustment from first and gave up the position to Maldonado, who took command and when everyone expected Alonso to retake first place, he found the resistance, cold blood and skill of the Maracayero.
In addition to good tires
In the absence of 10 laps it was outlined that between these two the first place was defined and that is how it turned out. Alonso could not find a way to pass him despite the pressure and the Ferrari's tires did not respond to the demands of the Spanish driver, so he remained calm to escort the líder. Overall, it was just the fifth prize of the season and there was a long way to go.
After Maldonado and Alonso, the Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) completed the podium.
It was just the last victory for Williams and the only one for Pastor, which makes this fact, unforgettable in Venezuelan motors, which reminded the motorcyclist Johnny Cecotto, who also participated in Formula One.
Born in 1985, Pastor Maldonado began his career in 1993, in the Karting category, so the vocation comes from a child, as they say.
Talent, contacts and favorable circumstances led him 10 years later to venture into European circuits, starting with Formula Renault and in 2004 he won the title by winning eight wins.
For 2005 he runs for Sighinolfi Auto Racing in the Italian Formula 3000 and finishes ninth overall, but not before winning first place.
He also participated that year in the World Series by Renault and in 2006 he finished in second place, for the Draco Racing team.
In 2007 he moved up to the GP2 Series, earning a victory in Monaco and the rookie of the year award. It is there that he begins to make contact with Formula One, interested in the GP2 Series champion in 2010.
This is how he got to the queen category of engines, where he was part of them from 2011 to 2015.