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.
One year after Pastor Maldonado's emphatic victory for the Williams team, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg is preparing to start the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position. A majority 16 of the 22 races held at the Circuit de Catalunya have been won from the front of the grid, but will that statistic favour the German this time out?
Pastor Maldonado was the shock pole-sitter at last year's Spanish Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton being sent to the back of the grid after running out of fuel. Prior to the 2012 campaign, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso are current drivers to have shared the qualifying spoils.
Pastor Maldonado's FW35 chassis has been fitted with a new Renault engine ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Williams discovering piston damage after qualifying.
Pastor Maldonado believes he could have fought for a place in Q3 if conditions had remained dry throughout Saturday's qualifying hour at Sepang. The Williams driver, who is certain that his team has taken a step forward with its FW35, was knocked out of Q2 for the second weekend in a row and had to settle for 16th on the grid.
Williams has set its sights on a double points finish in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, with the team hoping to bounce back from a troublesome Melbourne weekend after which Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were left empty-handed.
Pastor Maldonado described the Williams FW35 chassis as ‘undriveable’ after being knocked out of the opening qualifying session in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.
Following on from Pastor Maldonado's messages of support, Williams has also sent its condolences to the family of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The 58-year-old, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, died on Tuesday.
Pastor Maldonado has expressed his condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez, the former Venezuelan President who passed away on Tuesday. The two men knew each other well, partly thanks to the Williams driver's backing from oil giants PDVSA.
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Williams Technical Director Mike Coughlan was upbeat about his team’s prospects for the Australian Grand Prix following the conclusion of winter testing in Barcelona. With both Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas talking up the handling of the FW35 chassis, the recently applied aero-upgrades appear to have had the desired effect.
Pastor Maldonado had plenty of positive words to say about the upgrade package Williams brought to its FW35 chassis at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday. The Grove-based squad applied a heavily-revised rear bodywork layout to its new car for the final two days of running, with the Venezuelan instantly feeling more downforce.
Williams completed the most amount of mileage at the Circuit de Catalunya last week, despite the fact that it was the only team debuting a brand-new car. Over the course of the four day test, Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas racked up 367 laps, putting the Grove-based outfit four ahead of nearest competitors Ferrari.
The Williams FW35 chassis enjoyed an almost trouble-free debut at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday, with Pastor Maldonado racking up 86 laps in the team's latest design. Despite a minor water leak in the afternoon session, the outfit completed its planned programme and approaches the rest of the week in a positive frame of mind.
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Williams pulled the covers off its latest challenger, entitled the FW35, at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday morning. Regular drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were both present for the short launch presentation, an event which took place just before the start of the second pre-season test.
Williams driver Pastor Maldonado will complete the first full test day in the FW35 at the Circuit de Catalunya, the Grove-based squad confirmed on Friday. The team will be the last to reveal its new design in Barcelona, having tested with its 2012 car at Jerez.
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.
Williams has announced a technical reshuffle ahead of the 2013 season, with Xevi Pujolar moving up to the position of Chief Race Engineer. The Spaniard has worked directly with Pastor Maldonado since 2011, but will hand over the role to Andrew Murdoch this year, while Jonathan Eddolls becomes Valtteri Bottas's Race Engineer.
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