So, Pastor Maldonado won his first pole position yesterday at the Spanish Grand Prix, so how could I not talk about his name? I might also be able to squeeze yet more European politics in as well. Technically speaking, it was Lewis Hamilton who won pole position, but he starts from the back of the grid because he ran out of fuel. Pastor Maldonado drives for Williams and has been dogged with pay driver accusations since he entered the sport last year. And by pay driver, we mean a driver who was given a race seat for the lucrative sponsorship deals that accompany him to the team, i.e. the Venezuelan Oil company PDVSA, which reportedly paying £29.4 million ($46 million) to Williams this season.
In terms of the name Pastor, it’s also used as the name for a minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation. The link to European politics? Pastor Joachim Gauck became the President of Germany back in March 2012.
Keeping on the F1 theme just because there’s been a drought of late on this blog, one of the team names is called Lotus. Truth be told, I’m quite fond of the name Lotus, but I’m not sure I’d actually use it since it falls foul of sounding a little bit too much like my own name. The Lotus is the national flower of India and Vietnam, and it represents purity.
To celebrate the improving weather, there’s this picture I want to share:
No, I’m not suggesting we all start naming children Banana, but what about Musa? Basjoo? Maybe not the latter, but Musa is surprisingly gorgeous, non?