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Maldonado: Williams can be strong in Hungary

Pastor Maldonado: I have won here before so the track has good memories for me and the fans create a good atmosphere. I am looking forward to the weekend

Pastor Maldonado is expecting Williams to be on pace and challenging for points again in Hungary.

Although the German Grand Prix did not go well, with Maldonado and team-mate, Bruno Senna both finishing well outside the points, the Venezuelan has been encouraged by how adaptable the Renault-powered FW34 has proved during the F1 2012 season.

Furthermore while he hasn't scored since his fine win in Spain, his recent form in qualifying does give him cause for optimism, as does his form at the Hungaroring in GP2, F1's chief feeder category, as he took the GP2 feature race win there back in 2010.

“The track in Hungary is really slow speed and so we will need to adapt our set-up for this sort of circuit but we have shown so far this season that our car has good pace at different sorts of tracks,” Maldonado said.

“I have won here before so the track has good memories for me and the fans create a good atmosphere so I am looking forward to the weekend.”

Team-mate Bruno Senna has also done well at the 'Ring in GP2 and took two third places back in 2008.

“The Hungaroring is one of the most challenging tracks we visit all year. Technically it's a real test and it's quite a slow lap so reminds me in some respects of Monaco,” added the Brazilian.

“It's also demanding physically because the temperature is often high and you have to do a lot of work behind the steering wheel so can get tired quickly. I have done well here in the past, particularly in GP2 in 2008, so I'm looking forward to this weekend.”

Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan meanwhile has said the team will have to get everything spot on if they are to get points.

“The competition is so tight at the moment that one must ensure that you extract the maximum performance from the car - there is no room for errors,” he confirmed. “We expect to be strong though and really want to deliver a good result.

“In order to maintain momentum through the summer break it is important that we come away from Budapest with a good result. As always we are aiming to get both cars home in the points and give the team another 'lift' going into the factory shutdown period.”



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22.07.2012 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34
22.07.2012 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34
22.07.2012 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34
21.07.2012 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34
21.07.2012 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34
19.07.2012 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34
20.07.2012 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34

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potter - Unregistered

July 26, 2012 11:54 AM

I beg to differ sennas pace in quali last year was unbelievable, his race pace not. He has focuesed bettering his race pace and has infact been very good but his qualifying has let him down. The reason for this I think is he struggles to get the tyres into the optimum performance window within a lap or two as he has a very smooth style and set up like button.

Zedd

July 26, 2012 11:11 AM

I think there's a difference between being a bit wild and being reckless. For example, overtaking at a risky part of the track but making a clean pass is a bit wild while trying to overtake but instead going off the track and then colliding with the car is being reckless. Guess which camp Maldo falls under?



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