Williams designer Coughlan defends Maldonado 14 December, 2012 Dec.14 (GMM) Williams‘ technical chief Mike Coughlan has defended incident prone grand prix winner Pastor Maldonado. Venezuelan Maldonado won this year’s Spanish Grand Prix, but he has also had a tumultuous season littered with mistakes. The 27-year-old, who carries significant PDVSA sponsorship, has been retained for 2013. “We win as a team and lose as a team,” Briton Coughlan is quoted by Speed Week. “Of course we’ve been through some difficult situations together and he will have learned from it. But it’s not our style to point the finger at someone. “It could just as well be argued that if we had given him a better car, he would not have been battling in the midfield so often.” Overall, Williams’ 2012 season (76 points, 8th in the constructors’ championship) was much better than 2011 (5 points, 9th). “The biggest advantage has been the Renault engine – light, powerful, reliable,” said Coughlan, referring to the switch from Cosworth power. “It meant we were able to focus entirely on aerodynamic development, and it paid off.” Subbed by AJN. Related NewsWilliams: Our upgrades seem to be working wellSmedley: I did not expect such a quick Williams revivalMassa has no fear of rising star BottasLauda says Williams missed PR opportunity with WolffMagnussen pleads innocence as Massa blames him for crashBottas is now Formula 1′s top Flying FinnBottas: We always aim for more but for now we need to be happyWilliams: We are not as happy as we could beWilliams: We have maximised our performanceWolff realistic about F1 race seat chances Not Bernie Maldonado crashed the car doing street demos! It’s on YouTube. He’s one of those drivers who is either a hero or a zero. You can’t denny that he’s put in some really good performances, but if it weren’t for Grosjean you’d be criticising him for being F1′s crash kid! McLarenfan Maldonado is fast at times but he is also a danger to all around him when his brain disengages.