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Maldonado 'ok' after Monaco crash

Thursday 6th June 2013

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Maldonado 'ok' after Monaco crash

Maldonado 'ok' after Monaco crash

Pastor Maldonado says he is "ok" to contest this weekend's Canadian GP having recovered from his Monaco crash.

The Monte Carlo street race was red flagged when Marussia's Max Chilton collided with Maldonado. The impact saw the Williams driver become airborne before crashing heavily into the air barrier, dislodging it.

The 28-year-old walked away with nothing more than bruises, however, his FW35 was damaged beyond repair.

"No, no, I am ok and everything is ok. It was just a case of reset," he said in Montreal on Thursday.

"The chassis is more or less the same.

"It will have some new aero parts and hopefully we can solve, maybe not all the problems, but at least make a step forward which we have been expecting for some time."

The team has also been expecting their first World Championship point of the campaign, but six races in have yet to get off the mark.

Williams is the only established team without a point to their name.

"It was quite difficult to understand the car at the beginning of the season, particularly at the first race and we have been fighting a lot to try and fix the problems," Maldonado added.

"We have fixed the problems but they are not easy to sort. We have been working very hard, 24 hours a day in the factory, especially in the wind tunnel.

"The problems are coming from the aerodynamics and we have been trying to make some progress. I think we now understand the car a bit more and hopefully at this race it should be much better for us."

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