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2012-07-31 12:06

OFF THE TRACK: Pastor Maldonado has played down his mistakes on the track, saying its part of racing.

Becoming renowned for his mishaps on the track, Pastor Maldonado says getting a reputation as a ‘crash driver’ is not fair.

Sauber's Sergio Perez was furious with Maldonado after their clash at Silverstone, which was one of just several incidents blamed on the Williams driver so far in 2012.

"THIS IS RACING"

Maldonado's latest ‘incident’ was with Paul di Resta in Hungary, earning him a drive-through penalty.

"There was small contact, but this is racing," he is quoted by Sapa-AFP news agency.

"I saw Raikkonen and Grosjean (battling) and it was more or less the same."

Maldonado also told the online GP Week magazine: "They're normal mistakes.”

"If you look at other drivers, they've done the same in the past."

MORE ATTENTION

He also mentioned he has received more media attention after becoming a Grand Prix winner earlier this year.

"Before I won the race nobody was here, now everyone is here," said Maldonado, referring to the big media-scrum surrounding him in Hungary.

"I made a couple of mistakes, that's it."


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