Pastor Maldonado

 

There’s absolutely no way we couldn’t give the Top Dog award to the Venezuelan today. Truly extraordinary.

Photo: Williams/LAT

If we believed in such things at Badger, we’d say it was meant to be. Frank Williams’ 70th birthday, Hamilton demoted to last place after qualifying and all the Williams and Maldonado clans around to witness.

In fact, of course, this victory was long in the making. After a dreadful season last year, the Williams team rejigged themselves, reordered their operations and released the potential we all knew was there [ed. did we?].

Perfect from start to finish, Maldonado dealt with the pressure of being on pole and wasn’t fazed when Alonso surged past him off the line. From then on it was a wonderful example of controlled driving, smart strategy and great poise under pressure. The slight problem with the left rear tyre during his last pit stop might have distracted him, but he refocused and held off a charging Fernando Alonso.

It’s been a long time coming for Williams, and a time we never thought we’d see for Maldonado. Well done to both.