Pastor Maldonado is feeling bullish ahead of the inaugural US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Maldonado enjoy a strong outing in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago and after qualifying third brought his FW34 home in fifth place, despite an issue with his KERS, which ultimately scuppered his chances of a podium. Now though he is looking ahead and he is hopeful Williams will be competitive on F1's first trip to the new circuit in Austin, Texas.

"After a good performance in the last race in Abu Dhabi I'm looking forward to getting in the car again and seeing what we can achieve in Austin," said the Venezuelan in the countdown to the 19th and penultimate round in the 2012 F1 World Championship.

"The team has worked very hard to get the car back to the sort of pace that can consistently challenge for points and that is what we will be looking for in this race.

"The track is new so it will be challenging to get the right set up, but that is the same for all the teams. It looks like a fun and challenging track to drive from the work we have done in the simulator and the American fans should bring a really good atmosphere as well."

Team-mate Bruno Senna has also been encouraged by the teams form of late and after claiming points in India and Abu Dhabi will be out to make it a hat-trick this Sunday.

"I'm excited to go to Austin because I'm hearing lots of good things about the track," Senna added.

"The car has definitely come on a lot in the past few weeks so we take good momentum into this race."

Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan meanwhile concurs with his drivers and sees no reason why the Grove-based outfit can't do well.

"On the back of a good result in Abu Dhabi the whole team is really looking forward to the last two races of the season.

"We will be pushing very hard right to the end of the year with further updates in order to try to secure seventh position in the constructors' championship," he concluded.