Pastor Maldonado has said he wants to stick with the Williams F1 team in 2014, despite the squad's abysmal form this year.
Maldonado returned the Grove-based outfit to the top-step of the podium last season, with a sublime performance in the Spanish Grand Prix. However, this year has been far, far tougher and the team has still to get off the mark.
Maldonado is convinced though, that the potential is there and believes he can win again in a Williams.
“For sure I really want to continue here [in 2014],” the Venezuelan told ESPN F1
. “It's one of the best places for a young driver to be and for sure we are not happy with the results of this year. We have struggled quite a lot to improve the car and be competitive. Everyone knows and saw what we have this year so I'm not telling you something wrong.
“The team has a great future though, and great potential so there is no point to change. When I started to drive for Williams I saw the factory, the cars and the history of the team and it was very important for me to become a part of this team. We achieved one victory last year and I think if we achieved one we can achieve two and three and four. We just need to work hard together, the potential is there.”
Meanwhile, Maldonado said the decision to bring in Pat Symonds and ditch former technical director, Mike Coughlan, a change that was confirmed just last week [see separate story
], won't result in immediate improvements, although he reckons it should help in the long-term.
“He's new in the team and we need some time to make everything work together. He's been very successful in the past and it's quite good. It is going to be very interesting with Pat.
"We hope to improve together, to work very hard and before the end of the season achieve something very good,” Maldonado added.