Maldonado confident over Monaco chances
20 May 2013 – Pastor Maldonado is optimistic that he and Williams will be able to bounce back from a dismal Spanish Grand Prix showing on the streets of Monte-Carlo this weekend, with the Grove-based outfit on the lookout for its first point of the 2013 campaign.
Having enjoyed success at the venue before arriving in Formula 1, the Venezuelan enters the weekend in a confident frame of mind and believes Williams will be able to take another step forward with a selection of upgrades for the FW35 chassis.
"I have always been very competitive at Monaco, doing well there in GP2, so I always look forward to this race as I feel very comfortable driving the circuit," Maldonado explained. "Monaco is a very difficult challenge, both mentally and physically, as you have to try and find the limits of the car with no margin for error if you push too hard.
"Qualifying will be very important and is probably 70 percent of the weekend because overtaking is so difficult and risky. Tyre strategy and management is important as you always use the softer compound of tyres in Monaco and they are very sensitive this year. We are working hard at the factory to see where we can make improvements and hopefully we can continue improving the set-up of the FW35 and have a better result."
Marussia and Caterham are the only other teams yet to score a point in 2013.