Pastor Maldonado believes it is only a matter of time now before Williams begins a 'new era of success'.
Maldonado will continue with the Grove-based outfit in 2013 with Valtteri Bottas
joining him and replacing Bruno Senna. Following official confirmation of that today, the Venezuelan added he was very pleased to get the chance to stay on for a third season.
“I'm really enjoying my time with Williams and I was obviously very happy when I was told that I would be continuing with the team in 2013,” he said.
“2012 was a memorable year for me with the win in Barcelona and we made a big step forward in terms of performance. I have a lot of confidence in the team and hopefully next year will see us move even further up the grid and taste more success.”
So how far can Williams go?
“Williams is one of the big names in F1 with a really strong pedigree. Whilst we haven't quite achieved the sort of success we would have liked in the past few years, the team is still really strong and we have brought in some new senior people who are making a big difference already. I feel that Williams is close to making a real breakthrough and I want to be a part of a new era of success,” he continued.
“The goal is to be more competitive next year and have a car that is consistently in the points and challenging for podiums.
“This year we showed excellent pace at a number of tracks such as Barcelona, Monaco and Abu Dhabi, but we didn't have the consistency to maintain that at every Grand Prix. We have all the tools needed to push the top teams though, and hopefully we can learn from this year and move further up the field.”
As for what the team specifically needs to achieve in 2013, he added: “I would be happy if we finished higher than eighth in the constructors' championship.
“I firmly believe that we can become a top team again and fight for podiums more consistently that we have this year,” he reiterated.
“It's not easy as the standard is so high right now, but the gap between the teams is very small which means that a few tenths of a second can make all the difference.”