F1 »

Maldonado eager to move on

Pastor Maldonado seeks to score at Sepang to make up for Australian retirement
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.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team
22.03.2012- Press conference, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 with Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Group photo 2016 F1 drivers, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


blzbub

March 22, 2012 2:49 PM

A strong performance in Sepang will indicate that the Williams is perhaps the best car they have produced for a while. Hope the boys from South America can get some points on the board. I get the feeling though that at least one of the teams that shone in Melbourne will struggle around some of the 'sweeping turns'. Not long now untill the first clues to the weekend are revealed.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.