Crackers in Caracas

Crackers in Caracas

Pastor Maldonado's Venezuelan homecoming was always going to be a passionate Latin affair. But like this? AUTOSPORT's sister publication F1 Racing went along for the ride

The back doors slam shut, insulating four weary occupants from the sound and fury of a mid-afternoon Venezuelan electrical storm.

We exhale in unison, slumping back on the rear bench of the Ford Explorer SUV that will transport us from the Los Proceres military showground in the capital city of Caracas, where Pastor Maldonado had earlier received a 'hero's homecoming' state welcome, in recognition of becoming his country's first grand prix winner in Barcelona back in May.

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