Maldonado feels part of Williams family

2010 Formula One Young Driver Test Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17th November 2010. Pastor Maldonado, Williams FW32 Cosworth.  Photo: Glenn Dunbar /LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _G7C1063

Pastor Maldonado

Jan.08 (PVM) Pastor Maldonado hopes to match his GP2 Series success in Formula 1 when he joins fellow South American Rubens Barrichello in the AT&T Williams for the 2011 season.

Maldonado who won is the reigning 2010 GP2 Champion said, “We are going to keep doing work to be competitive and with a bit of luck I hope to repeat the good performance I had in the GP2. I hope to learn a lot from [Rubens] Barrichello.”

The 25 year old will become the first Venezuelan in Formula 1 since Johnny Cecotto’s stint 27 years ago. “2010 was a very productive year for Venezuela in the sport. Venezuela has the opportunity to go to F1, and that will open the doors to other up-and-coming drivers.”

On joining the Williams team Maldonado said, “We have a lot of faith and team work is going to make the difference in 2011. We are all putting a lot of enthusiasm into it. We’ re like a big family.”

He revealed that he has spent many hours on the simulator to learn the technologies associated with driving an F1 car while familiarising himself with tracks he has never raced on which will feature on the 2011 schedule.

Maldonado replaces the highly rated Nico Hulkenberg in the Williams team and Williams boss Adam Parr has denied that Maldonado is a pay driver.