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Maldonado: We need to learn from the mistakes

Pastor Maldonado: I just need to be focused for the second part of the season and keep our target for the car

Pastor Maldonado has conceded he needs to learn from his mistakes during the season half of the season.

The Venezulan stunned at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya back in May when he took his maiden victory and Williams' first since 2004, despite race long pressure from Ferrari number one driver, Fernando Alonso.

However, since then he has struggled to match that performance and he finished only 13th in Hungary before the summer break meaning he has now gone six races without adding to his current 29-point tally. Indeed so far this season he has finished in the points just twice.

“I think for sure we've not been consistent,” he told GP Week. “At the beginning I made a couple of mistakes, like in Australia when I was sixth I think and crashed on the last lap. Before this season, though, after the horrible year last year, we didn't expect to win. We've been not always at the top but near the top especially since Barcelona.

“I just need to be focused for the second part of the season and keep our target for the car. We just need to recover, put everything together, and we haven't the last few races. We need to learn from the mistakes.”

Pressed on why he has been involved in so many incidents this season, Maldonado added it is to be expected given this is only his second year at the top level.

“They're normal mistakes. If you look at other drivers, they've done the same in the past,” he continued.

“Before I won the race [in Spain] nobody was here [interviewing me], now everyone is here. This is racing, you know.

“I made a couple of mistakes, that's it. I will try to do my best as always. Sometimes it hasn't worked out as I expected, but the important thing is we're very quick and we must stay like that.”



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28.07.2012- Qualifying, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
28.07.2012- Qualifying, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
28.07.2012- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
27.07.2012- Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
27.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
26.07.2012- Press conference, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34

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Dylan - Unregistered

August 10, 2012 1:56 PM

Why are so many people surprised by what Maldonado is doing on track? Back in ALL his years there in GP2 he was a wrecking machine taking out other drivers and causing avoidable contact with other drivers almost every weekend. Why would it be different in F1? Anyone who saw him in GP2 knows this is just Maldonado being himself!



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