Pastor Maldonado says he is keen to move on from his accident on the final lap of the Australian Grand Prix, with the Venezuelan confident about what the remainder of the season holds for the Williams team.
After a disastrous 2011 campaign, the new season started well for the Grove-based outfit, with Maldonado looking set for a top six finish before he crashed into the wall on the final lap while dicing for position with Fernando Alonso.
Admitting that incident was totally his fault, Maldonado said he remained optimistic that the pace shown up until he went off was a sign of good things to come for Williams with confidence high for the future.
“For sure all the team – even myself – were a bit disappointed because we missed a great opportunity to score some important points but this is racing,” he said as he looked back at Melbourne. “I think it was my mistake and now we need to look forward, turn the page. I think our car is competitive at the moment, we need to keep pushing like that, keep concentrated, keep working, focused. This is going to be a new challenge for us because the track [Sepang] is completely different, but we need to believe in our performance and hopefully we will again be in the top ten and fighting for good places.
“I think we did a great start to the season, we've been working so hard from the winter just improving our performance in the car. I feel very confident with the team, so it's looking forward. We can still be competitive though it is early to say but it's a good start to the season and we're looking forward, all of us in the team are pushing so hard, so we feel confident.”
Had Maldonado taken the flag in sixth place last weekend, he would have scored more points than Williams managed in the whole of 2011.