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Williams team mates at odds over last-lap pass

Oct 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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Williams team mates Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado has differing views over their last-lap change of positions at the chicane.

Maldonado dived down the inside of Bottas at the chicane on the last lap, forcing his team mate off the circuit as he claimed 16th place.

A disgruntled Bottas told the BBC: “If I would have not go straight from the chicane we would have crashed, so I think the racing shouldn’t be like that.”

“The move he made for me there was no, for me, any space to keep on the track so I don’t think it’s really fair,” he added.

Bottas was struggling with tyre degradation at the time having run a long stint at the end of the race. His lap times had risen by three seconds and he’d already been passed by both Toro Rosso drivers and Sergio Perez.

Maldonado defended the move on his team mate, describing it as “close but quite clean”.

“It was pleasing to be able to make a move on the last lap to gain a position over my team mate,” he added.

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said: “We allow our drivers to race and that’s what they were doing on that last lap.”

  1. apexassassin - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    If Williams doesn’t need Pasta’s money, then why do they keep him?

    I look forward to the day when Williams terminates him and moves towards the front of the grid.

    As for Pasta’s last lap antics, well anyone who didn’t expect that doesn’t know Maldo.

    • indycar02 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      you could have finished up by saying, anyone who didnt expect that doesnt know pasta (i love pasta).

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