Maldonado aims to challenge front row men
3 November 2012 – Pastor Maldonado will be taking no prisoners when the lights go out at the start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, having qualified fourth behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel. Bearing in mind that the German may be cautious because of his title challenge, the Williams driver is looking to seize any opportunity which may arise.
The Saturday result is Maldonado and Williams’ best since the Venezuelan qualified on the front row in Singapore - also the scene of Lewis Hamilton’s last pole position.
“We have a very strong pace and we’re just very competitive,” says Maldonado, who is still yet to finish on the podium since he won the Spanish Grand Prix in May. “We just need to look at ourselves here because points would be very important for us, but I will be pushing to the maximum and then seeing what we can do from there.”
Team-mate Bruno Senna improved his personal best lap time at the end of Q2, but could manage no more than 15th place on the eighth row of the grid.