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Bring Back V8s Podcast: Maldonado’s sensational F1 giant-killing

by Josh Suttill
1 min read

Bring Back V10s heads into the V8 era to revisit the most recent win for Williams, taken in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix when the unforgettable Pastor Maldonado defeated home hero Fernando Alonso for victory.

Edd Straw and Karun Chandhok join host Glenn Freeman to look back on a race that came during the eventful start to the 2012 season, which would eventually result in seven different drivers winning the first seven races.

We look at why Williams was so quick that weekend and why it failed to repeat that form during the rest of the year, how well Maldonado drove, plus if his reputation as a crash-prone pay driver was fair. Plus we hear what it was like to be inside the Williams garage when it caught fire after the race.

There’s also talk about the penalty that cost Lewis Hamilton pole position, how his frustration with the team led to speculation about his future, his future team Mercedes falling out with Bernie Ecclestone in the early stages of its rise to the top, Michael Schumacher’s crash with Bruno Senna that cost him pole for the next race in Monaco, plus how close Mark Webber came to signing for Ferrari for 2013, and how it could have been Kimi Raikkonen driving for Williams in 2012 as Maldonado’s team-mate.

ASK US ANYTHING: Submit your questions for our series finale using #BringBackV10s on Twitter or email bringbackv10s@the-race.com

Bring Back V10s is available through all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

You can also get early access to ad-free versions of the show by joining The Race Members’ Club.

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