Pastor Maldonado has said he will be 'pushing for a podium' after qualifying on the second row for the European Grand Prix.

Maldonado ran well in the top-ten shoot-out and eventually posted a 1 minute 48.475 second lap in his Williams FW34, leaving just 0.065 seconds off McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in second and 0.030 seconds up on the Lotus of Romain Grosjean in fourth.

"The team did a great job today and Williams is getting stronger and stronger," Maldonado commented. "It's not only a good result for the team though, but also for my country and there are so many Venezuelan fans here supporting me, which is great to see.

"Strategy will be important tomorrow as it's very hot, but it will make it difficult for everyone. I'm looking forward to pushing for a podium finish," he added.

Team-mate Bruno Senna meanwhile had a less fruitful day and had to settle for 14th on the grid in the sister car.

"I'm not too happy with our qualifying result today as I wasn't able to put all my best sectors together which cost me a lot of positions," Senna commented.

"However, the car feels good for tomorrow so hopefully we can have a stronger race. It's going to be very tough with the high temperatures but we will be pushing hard to come away with some points."

"As we have seen over the whole season, tyre management is paramount to performing well in both qualifying and the race," summarised Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan. "This has been clearly evident today with a mixed morning and qualifying session.

"Pastor did an excellent job with a very strong performance on the soft tyres to finish in third place. Bruno was less happy with his tyre balance and finished 14th. Based on our longer runs on Friday we look forward to pushing for a good race result."

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