Williams driver Pastor Maldonado
will be hoping for a trouble-free race in Germany this weekend after incidents at Silverstone and Valencia cost him crucial points.
Maldonado's driving came under the spotlight again after his clash with Sergio Perez in the early stages of the British Grand Prix, with the Mexican slamming his rival in post-race interviews.
After being branded a 'very dangerous driver' and someone 'everyone has concerns about', the stewards fined the Venezuelan and gave him a reprimand, but it hasn't dented his belief and he insists he remains confident ahead of the tenth round in the F1 2012 World Championship at Hockenheim.
“I'm disappointed to not have scored points in the last race,” Maldonado admitted, “but our car is showing that it can compete at different circuits so I'm feeling confident heading into this weekend.
“The German fans who visit Hockenheim create a good atmosphere, particularly in the final few corners with the big grandstands, so it's a fun circuit to drive. The final sector is also challenging with lots of corners coming quickly after each other where time can be won or lost.”
Team-mate Bruno Senna meanwhile reckons that recent results haven't reflected the true pace of the Williams.
“We haven't been to Hockenheim since 2010 but I'm looking forward to driving there with a car that is capable of getting a good result,” he added. “The circuit layout has a mixture of high speed and low speed sections so car set-up can be challenging, but our car is improving all the time and has been more competitive than recent results show. The weather is also looking quite variable so that should throw up some extra challenges.
“The fans create a good atmosphere at the German Grand Prix
as well so it should be an exciting weekend.”
Williams' chief operations engineer Mark Gillan wants to see both of his men finish up in the top-ten on Sunday.
“On the back of a very successful Young Driver Test event at Silverstone we head off to Hockenheim aiming to get both cars home in the points,” he continued. “The weather conditions look better than those which affected Silverstone but there is still a relatively low risk of rain.”