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Maldonado vows to keep focused

Pastor Maldonado targets a strong debut season with Williams
Pastor Maldonado says his is fully focused on working his way towards the front of the F1 field after confirmation that he will join Williams for his debut season in 2011.

The Venezuelan GP2 title winner will replace Nico Hulkenberg in the Williams line-up in a deal which has been rumoured for some time, with reports that the 25-year-old will bring much needed finances to the Grove-based team – which saw a number of sponsorship deals come to an end at the conclusion of the 2010 season.

Having stormed to the GP2 crown last year on the back of a season which featured an unprecedented six successive feature race victories, Maldonado insists he is ready to make the move into F1 and said his aim was to fight as far up the field as possible.

“GP2 is a very good championship; it really prepares drivers well for F1,” he said. “I have worked very hard to get to this position and yes, I definitely feel ready.

“I just want to do my best, to be as close to the top as I can and to get the maximum out of the car. The team are working very hard and I need to push to be at the top as soon as possible. I am a rookie but that isn't going to be a problem. I need to keep focussed and to do my job.”

Maldonado will benefit in his debut season from the fact he will be paired with the most experienced driver on the grid, and he said he was looking forward to working alongside Rubens Barrichello throughout 2011.

“For sure Rubens is a pleasure to have as a team-mate as he is a very experienced driver,” he said. “I can learn so much from him. It will be fun as he is South American too! I think it is going to be a very interesting team.”




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20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 during pit stop
20.04.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36

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He bought the seat with cash from a very poor country. How does that work then ? Venezuela is having a massive power crisis as the infrastructure is collapsing, there is widespread poverty, yet somehow the "Socialist" government can find the money to burn on vanity projects racing in F1. My Chavez must be doing very well with all the joint Venezualan and Russian "Naval Excercises" just off his coast. I guess it must keep the smugglers away, the small ones that is.

Manxie - Unregistered

December 02, 2010 11:47 AM

Yep, i'm with you blz... I will give Maldonado the benefit of the doubt and let him have his spot in F1 next season. Not sure he will do much better than the Hulk though. Other GP2 stars have come and gone, struggled to adapt to F1 and i don't think this example will be any different. I'm open to be proven wrong though - but at 25 the expectations will be higher than on a rookie of 19 (Vettel back then, for example)



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