Pastor Maldonado has said he is feeling 'ready' and 'confident' ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The F1 2011 rookie unfortunately retired early on with transmission problems on his grand prix debut in Australia two weeks ago, but despite that disappointment he believes there is a lot of potential with the Cosworth-powered FW33.
“After a difficult start to the season in Melbourne, I'm more than ready to get to Malaysia,” said the Venezuelan. “Despite the result in Australia, I am now feeling more confident with both the car and within the team.
“Sepang is a very technical circuit, but I already know the track as I raced there in the 2009 GP2 Asia race, finishing second. I think that we will be able to get more performance out of our car there as there is a lot of potential if we keep working hard.
“Looking ahead, our objective is to continue to improve race after race. I would like to be in the top ten in both qualifying and the race, and I think we can achieve that. Of course, it would have been better if we had been able to finish the race in Melbourne, but the positive is that I'm now more experienced and feel confident with how a F1 weekend unfolds and all the procedures involved.”
Veteran team-mate Rubens Barrichello is similarly aiming for points and after a scrappy weekend in Melbourne, in which he spun out in Q2 and then crashed into Nico Rosberg in the race, the Brazilian will be out to make amends.
“Malaysia is a really nice place to visit and a track that I really enjoy racing on,” he continued. “It is a real test for the drivers though due to the heat and humidity. Malaysia will be hard on the tyres so it will be important to have a good car set-up. I am looking forward to getting there and to driving on such an incredible track. I hope to do well and my aim is to bring home some points.”
Williams technical director Sam Michael meanwhile also wants to see the team open its account for the year and the Grove-based outfit will have a few tweaks to the FW33 to try and help it achieve that goal.
“We have some aero upgrades for the front end of the FW33 that we will be bringing to Malaysia, while we will also have some improvements on the KERS together with solutions for the transmission issues we experienced in Melbourne,” Michael confirmed. “It will be interesting to see how the FW33 performs on this medium to high-speed circuit.
“Our target for the Malaysian GP is to finish with both cars in the points,” he summed-up.