Pastor Maldonado is hoping to mark Williams' 600th F1 race celebrations in style by putting in a 'strong' showing and scoring points this weekend at the British Grand Prix.
The Grove-based outfit has had a difficult season so far and as yet has still to open its account, with two elevenths – in Malaysia and Bahrain – the 'highlights', although Maldonado's team-mate, Valtteri Bottas shone last time out in Canada when he made the most of the mixed conditions in qualifying to take third on the grid.
Looking to Silverstone, the eighth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, Maldonado added it is going to be a special event: “This weekend has been something that the team have been looking forward to all year and I'm proud to be part of this historic moment,” said the Venezuelan.
“Silverstone also happens to be one of my favourite circuits on the calendar. It has a lot of character and some very iconic corners, and the British fans are always very passionate and knowledgeable. With the track being quick and the temperatures usually low it is easy to grain the front tyres and this is something we will have to manage and consider when deciding on the pit stop strategy.
"The new part of the track is still very green with less grip which is something you have to bear in mind when behind the wheel.
“Hopefully we can have a strong weekend and score some points to make the weekend even more memorable for the team.”
Bottas meanwhile is also looking forward to the event and no doubt will be hoping for more rain, although the forecast is actually for dry and sunny conditions.
“This is going to be a very special weekend for Williams, celebrating 600 races in front of our home fans at a track which has a lot of history for the team and is great fun to drive,” he added. “Silverstone is a classic racers track – with some very high speed corners which require a lot of downforce in order to be quick through them.
“I drove in FP1 last year and at the Young Drivers Test so I have experience of driving a F1 car at Silverstone which is always helpful in getting up to speed quickly.
"Normally the track is quite tough on the tyres with quite a bit of graining because the temperatures are cool and the track is very demanding. The weather never makes the circuit any easier due to the often rainy and cold conditions, but after our strong qualifying in Canada in wet conditions I'm confident we would handle this well,” Bottas concluded.