Maldonado targets more victories in 2013
12 February 2013 – Pastor Maldonado is certain that his Williams team can challenge the established order in Formula 1 in 2013, with the Venezuelan hoping to add another Grand Prix victory to his name this season. The 27-year-old, who starts his third term with the Grove-based team, feels confident after four positive days of testing at Jerez.
"We are quite close to the top teams," Maldonado, who won the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix for Williams, said in an interview with Sky Sports. "It's always difficult to predict every year - you never know what the others are doing - but if we compare what we did last year and what we are doing for the next season, we have great potential and we feel confident with the package.
"We have been pushing so hard the last two years and we must concrete our potential. We won one race last year and I hope to continue like that. It's going to be very difficult; the changes in the car are not so big for everybody, the rules are more or less the same, but we've been working so hard and I hope to be more competitive than last year. (I have) more experience as well; fingers crossed to have a great season."
Maldonado also had positive words for new team-mate Valtteri Bottas, explaining that the Finn's experiences from 2012 should pay dividends as the campaign progresses.
"(I will have) more responsibility because it's going to be the first year of Valtteri in the car racing, and that will be a bit difficult at the beginning, but Valtteri has a lot of experience with the team and he knows very well how the team works and the style," he added.
"He's a good guy so I hope as well to have a great season together as a team. Our mission is to put the car in the top (places) as (often as) possible for us."
Williams, which attended the opening test with its 2012 chassis, will debut its new FW35 design on the morning of Tuesday February 19 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, moments before the second pre-season gathering gets underway.