Pastor Maldonado insists that there are no lasting effects from his accident in Monaco that will affect his performance in Canada this weekend.
The Venezuelan made heavy contact with the barriers at Tabac after Marussia rival Max Chilton failed to spot him attempting to pass on the outside exiting the chicane, and brought out the red flag as his Williams was enveloped in the safety barrier. Despite admitting late last week that he was still in pain from the heavy bruising he sustained in the shunt, Maldonado arrived in Montreal insisting that he was now on the mend.
“No, no, I'm okay,” he claimed, “I was okay [after the accident]. It was a reset.”
The same could not be said for Maldonado's FW35, which was damaged beyond repair within the time available between races, and the Venezuelan will therefore have a new chassis for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Williams has not been able to match the performance step it achieved in 2012, and remains without a point after six rounds, but Maldonado insists that small gains continue to be made, even if having a new car this weekend is unlikely to suddenly propel him amongst the frontrunners.
“The chassis is more-or-less the same, just some new parts, aero parts,” he told journalists at the circuit, “Hopefully we are going to solve… not all the problems, but have a step forward. We have been expecting that for some time.
“It was quite difficult to understand the car since the beginning of the season, especially from the first race. We've been fighting a lot to try to fix the problems, [and] we have been working very hard, 24 hours a day, in the factory, especially in the wind tunnel.
“The problems are coming from the aerodynamics, [and] we've been trying to make some progress [there]. I think we understand now a bit more the car and, hopefully, this race should be much better for us.”