Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Spa 2012Pastor Maldonado believes his third place on the Belgian Grand Prix proves Williams will be even stronger in the second part of the 2012 Formula 1 season.

The Venezuelan driver has not scored a point since winning the Spanish GP – partly due to a string of incidents – but says he and Williams have worked hard to understand their problems.

“We have been working so hard to understand the car for the second half of the season,” said Maldonado.

“We were struggling this morning a bit with the set-up, but we know where to work with the car now.

“We are happy we know the team can react. We are looking forward to making up for what we lost in the first part of the season.

“We have tried hard to understand all of the problems we have had and we have been working hard analysing, so the spirit is high in the team.”

Maldonado believes that he will be equally competitive in the race.

“I was optimistic for the race,” he said. “Maybe this morning I was a bit worried [in practice], but I was adapting myself to the car and the conditions.

“After qualifying one I saw the potential the car had so I am looking forward to tomorrow.”


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