Maldonado: I want to continue at Williams
19 July 2013 – Although the team has failed to score a point over the first nine races of the campaign, Pastor Maldonado says he is eager to remain with Williams for the foreseeable future.
The Venezuelan made his debut with the Grove-based outfit in 2011 and experienced a challenging year at the wheel of uncompetitive machinery, but improved 2012 form saw him achieve an emotional maiden Formula 1 victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.
This season, the squad has fallen back to the tail-end of the midfield, but Maldonado insists he would like to stay onboard and reckons it can return to the front of the grid.
"I really want to continue here," explained Maldonado. "It's one of the best places for a young driver to be. For sure, we are not happy with the results of this year. We have struggled quite a lot to improve the car and to be competitive. Everyone knows that. But the team has a great future and great potential so there is no point to change.
"When I started to drive for Williams I saw the factory, the cars and the history of the team and it was very important for me to become a part of the team. We achieved one race victory last year and I think if we have achieved one we can go on to achieve two and three and four. We just need to work hard together, the potential is there."
Maldonado is also keen to see the effects of the team's latest technical signing, Pat Symonds, who is taking on his first full role since his ban for the crash-gate scandal.
"It's going to be very interesting with Pat here," Maldonado went on to explain. "He's new in the team and we need some time to make everything work together. He's been very successful in the past, so it's quite good. We hope to improve together, to work very hard and before the end of the season to achieve something very good."