Maldonado aims to learn from mistakes
31 July 2012 – With the exception of his victory in Barcelona, Pastor Maldonado has been generally associated with mistakes and crashes so far in 2012. The Venezuelan now hopes to take positive from the negatives for the final nine races of the year.
Having joined Williams at its lowest point last season, Maldonado was statistically the team’s worse ever driver; this was dramatically followed by its first race victory since 2004 when he fended off Fernando Alonso at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.
On the other hand, he crashed out of sixth place on the opening lap in Melbourne and has been involved in several on-track clashes in 2012, notably with Sauber’s Sergio Pérez at Monaco and Silverstone but also with Paul di Resta in Hungary on Sunday.
“I think, for sure, we’ve not been consistent,” the 27-year-old from Maracay, who is yet to score a point since his victory, tells GPWeek. “At the beginning I made a couple of mistakes, like in Australia when I was sixth and crashed on the last lap.
“Before this season though, and after the horrible year last year, we didn’t expect to win. We’ve not always been at the top but near the top, especially since Barcelona. I just need to be focused for the second part of the season and keep our target for the car. We just need to recover, put everything together - and we haven’t at the last few races. We need to learn from the mistakes.”
Although Maldonado has picked up just two points finishes in comparison with team-mate Bruno Senna’s six, the former has made the top ten in qualifying at seven of the 11 race events so far. In stark contrast, the Brazilian did not achieve a Q3 result until Budapest and was knocked out of Q1 when Maldonado took pole in Catalonia.