Williams F1 2011 rookie Pastor Maldonado is feeling 'quite confident' ahead of today's British Grand Prix at Silverstone and will no doubt be hoping to break his points duck.
Maldonado put in his best qualifying performance to date on Saturday and made the most of the changeable conditions to secure seventh on the grid - his time in Q3 a 1 minute 31.933 seconds, which was just 0.004 seconds slower than Paul di Resta in P6.
The Venezuelan, who had been fifth in final practice, maintained that momentum throughout qualifying and was even second fastest in Q1. He will now want to get the maximum from his Cosworth-powered FW33 in today's 52-lap race.
“Our car is working well and we gave a good performance today. It is Williams' home race so I'm happy for the team,” he said.
“I'm quite confident and really looking forward to tomorrow as I always enjoy racing at Silverstone. The circuit with its quick corners suits our car so let's see what happens.”
Team-mate Rubens Barrichello meanwhile will start 15th in the sister car and he blamed traffic for not progressing to Q3.
“I had traffic at the end of my first timed lap in Q2 which damaged my second timed lap as well,” he confirmed.
“When a track like this is drying out you can lose everything so it's very unfortunate that happened. We need to see what the weather is going to do tomorrow but I think the car is a lot better than our qualifying position shows and the team have done a good job.”
“It was good to have one car in the top ten today,” summarised Williams technical director Sam Michael. “We ran all the new parts on both cars – the exhaust, diffuser, front wing and suspension, which is always rewarding and gives the factory a clear direction for the forthcoming races.
“We're running to the FIA's 10 percent throttle requirement here which is something that will be reviewed again before the Nürburgring. Seventh was a great result for Pastor in conditions that were more difficult than usual, and he's now in a strong position for the start of the race. Rubens was on it as well, but track conditions didn't go his way.”