Pujolar rates pure fighter Maldonado very highly
14 February, 2014
Ex-Williams Chief Race Engineer Xevi Pujolar compares Pastor Maldonado to Juan Pablo Montoya and says that the two South American drivers impressed him the most during his tenure with the Grove based squad.
Pujolar told El Confidencial, “I have always said that Pastor and Montoya have impressed me the most. I worked with [Mark] Webber, Ralf Schumacher…but for me they were not the same.”
“Pastor and Montoya are pure fighters. But Pastor has also shown that he is fast and I think that he is often underestimated,” mused Pujolar.
“I had a blind understanding with Pastor, he would articulate very well when he came off track and began to talk about the car. I immediately figured out his reaction and knew what was going on in the car. After analyzing the data, it was clear he was right. Yes, this was impressive.”
Montoya spent 2001 to 2004 with Williams, while Pujolar has joined Toro Rosso and Maldonado has moved to Lotus for 2015 and beyond. (GP247)
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