Pastor Maldonado expects to still be able to push for a 'good result' today in the Belgian Grand Prix, despite his three-place grid penalty.
Maldonado had qualified third for the twelfth round in the F1 2012 World Championship, but was later demoted to sixth for impeding Nico Hulkenberg in Q1. While he was disappointed to lose his place on the second row, he remains upbeat though, and insisted sixth was 'still good'.
“This morning [P3] didn't go as well for us as we had hoped, but during qualifying I adapted myself to the car and the changing track conditions which were improving all the time,” he said. “After Q1, I saw the potential so we just had to put it together for the rest of qualifying. Obviously, I am disappointed to be sixth following the penalty, but it's still a good result so I'm happy for the team.
“We will now prepare for the race and I am very much looking forward to pushing for a good result.”
Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan is also hopeful Maldonado can still do well from P6 on the grid.
“After full wet conditions yesterday it was good to get a complete day of running in the dry. FP3 was extremely busy trying to compact three test sessions into one. We went into qualifying hopeful of a good result and Pastor drove brilliantly with an exceptional lap in Q3 to claim third. Unfortunately Pastor was subsequently dropped three places after the stewards judged that he had impeded Hulkenberg, but from sixth place we look forward to a good race,” he added.
Bruno Senna meanwhile will start 17th in the sister car after a spin in Q2 left him with a damaged front wing.
“I'm slightly frustrated with qualifying as things just didn't seem to come together today. The spin was unfortunate and there seemed to be a bit of damage on the car from that.
“It's frustrating to be further back than we should be but we've scored points from those positions before, so we need to keep our heads up and make sure we do it again,” Senna stated.