Pastor Maldonado is back: WEC with DragonSpeed!
Ex-Formula 1 pilot Pastor Maldonado will contest the 2018/19 WEC “super season” including Le Mans for DragonSpeed – comeback after two years of abstinence
Pastor Maldonado is back: The former Formula 1 driver has agreed with DragonSpeed to participate in the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship (WEC), which includes the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2018 and 2019. He will drive an Oreca 07 in the LMP2 category, which he will compete with the Mexican Roberto Gonzales. A third pilot is still to be named. Maldonado returns to the international stage after two years of motorsport asceticism.
“I’ve been working with Pastor for some time now and could make him the right offer,” team boss Elton Julian told’Motorsport-Total.com’: “It’s about building a driver pairing that can win championships, that’s why I chose him”.
Pastor Maldonado enjoys cult status with many fans due to numerous, often curious accidents in Formula 1. Nevertheless, he managed to win the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012 – the last victory for the Williams team so far. He drove his last Formula 1 season for the Lotus team in 2015, which turned out to be a lost year.
Julian had originally tried to win over Esteban Gutierrez. That was done when he preferred to do simulator work for Mercedes. DragonSpeed runs a two-track program in LMP2 and LMP1 in the WEC 2018/19. The BR1-AER in the LMP1 category goes to Ranger van der Zande, Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman. Van der Zande will be represented by Pietro Fittipaldi on two occasions when the WEC overlaps with the IMSA SportsCar Championship.