Maldonado targets improved consistency
28 November 2012 – Pastor Maldonado hopes that Williams will be competitive on a more consistent basis next season, having completed a rollercoaster 2012 campaign with the outfit.
The Venezuelan, who holds the unenviable statistic of collecting the most number of penalties this year, believes the potential to become firm front runners is there if he and the team can find a way of fully extracting their underlying pace at each event.
"The goal is to be more competitive next year and have a car that is consistently in the points and challenging for podiums," said Maldonado, who won the Spanish Grand Prix. "This year we showed excellent pace at a number of tracks such as Barcelona, Monaco and Abu Dhabi, but we didn’t have the consistency to maintain that at every Grand Prix.
"We have all the tools needed to push the top teams, and hopefully we can learn from this year and move further up the field."
Maldonado is also looking forward to working alongside Finland's Valtteri Bottas in 2013, a driver he rates highly after widespread success in junior categories.
"It will be a new experience and one that I am looking forward to," he added. "As a rookie he will have a lot to learn, but from what I have seen so far he has a lot of talent. It’s in the team’s interest for both of us to be scoring points from the very first race, so I can provide advice to him as someone who has two seasons under my belt.
"I’ve spent a lot of time with him this year as he has driven in many FP1 sessions and travelled with the team and we get on very well which is always helpful."
After his triumph in Spain, Maldonado endured a nine-race spell outside the points and ended the year in 15th position, just ahead of former team-mate Bruno Senna.