Jan.19 (GMM) Pastor Maldonado trusts he, and his new team mate Bruno senna, will enjoy a better car in 2012.
The 2010 GP2 champion, whose sponsors now pay handsomely for his F1 race seat, made his debut alongside Rubens Barrichello and scored one of Williams’ five points last year.
Retained for the forthcoming season, 26-year-old Maldonado said he is feeling “calmer” for 2012.
“I trust the team that the car we have made will be much more competitive than we had last season,” the EFE news agency quotes the Venezuelan as saying.
He admitted 2011 was “very difficult” for him, “particularly as a rookie”, but insists he enjoyed “every metre of every track”.
“It was an unique experience and a very important one in my sporting life, and I believe also in all of the sporting life of Venezuela,” added Maldonado, who has the backing of state-owned oil company PDVSA as well as president Hugo Chavez’s personal support.
His Williams teammate this year will be Senna.
“I think Williams learned a lot from 2011,” the Brazilian, who is moving to the Grove based team from Renault (now Lotus), is quoted by Brazil’s SporTV.
“A difficult year helps a team to realise what are its flaws and problems. They have replaced some people and changed some processes and a lot of things and are excited about having a good season.”