Pastor Maldonado is 'sure' Williams will do better next year and he is hopeful he will be able to 'always' fight for points.

Maldonado made his debut at the pinnacle of the sport in 2011. However, his rookie season was far from easy, with the Grove-based outfit enduring the worst year in its history and ending up ninth in the Constructors' Championship, with just 5 points on the board.

Despite that though, the Venezuelan reckons there is only one way for them to go now, and while Williams hasn't officially announced its line-up for 2012, team boss Sir Frank Williams has already said Maldonado will be back.

"I trust the team because it is impossible to be worse than this year," Maldonado told Brazil's

"I'm sure we will improve, we have worked really hard to grow as a team. I hope we have a better car, one that is more competitive so that we can always fight for points and higher positions."

Asked about 2011, Maldonado conceded it was tough given the FW33 was so uncompetitive: "I believe that was the worst position for a rookie [to be in], when nothing works, especially in the first year, [as] you have to learn many things," he added.

"Nevertheless, I defended myself well, even against Rubens [Barrichello - my veteran team-mate]. It certainly was a year of learning.

"I adapted very quickly though and I felt really good within the team, which is very good," he concluded.