Maldonado: It's going to be a good one this time
23 September 2012
Having qualified second on the grid for the Singapore Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado has promised his Williams team that he will bring home a good result.
The Venezuelan has infamously not scored since his surprise victory at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona in May, and has attracted the wrath of both the stewards and rivals after a series of on-track incidents. However, in qualifying for the Singapore race, he was back to his sublime best, splitting Marina Bay pacesetters Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on the grid, and believes that the Williams can remain a competitive prospect for the remainder of the weekend.
"We were working very hard because, at the beginning of the weekend and during the practice, we were a little bit lost with the set-up and, yeah, we were improving, especially during the qualifying, just trying to adapt the car to my style," he reported, "We found it naturally very well balanced, especially in Q2 and then Q3, so I'm really looking forward to the race because, yesterday, we showed very good pace, very consistent [long runs], so I think it's going to be a good one for us this time."
Renowned for his aggressive approach to racing, Maldonado has excelled on street circuits throughout his career, especially at Monaco, and sees no reason why it should be impossible to pass people this weekend.
"I think it's possible to overtake here, especially because of the big tyre degradation that we will have tomorrow," he noted, "I think everybody will be struggling with the tyres at some time, so the strategy must be really good for everyone, just to try to be consistent. We have a long straight, good DRS, it's not going to be very easy but we have a couple of places."
The last time he lined up on the front row of the grid - ironically second to Hamilton again before the Briton was penalised for stopping out on track in Q3 - Maldonado went on to win, but he is quick to point out that Marina Bay is very different to the Circuit de Catalunya.
"It's completely different to Barcelona, especially because of the lack of grip," he explained, "We were struggling a little bit to put the car together but, including the qualifying, we managed to find a very good balance and we are really looking forward to tomorrow. Yesterday, we did a couple of long runs and it's looking pretty good for us [regarding] tyre degradation, so I'm really looking forward to it."