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Pastor: 2013 was my best year in F1

Monday 9th December 2013

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Pastor: 2013 was my best year in F1

Pastor: 2013 was my best year in F1

Picking up just a single point and being beaten by your rookie team-mate can't be considered a successful season, but Pastor Maldonado rates it as his best one in Formula One to date.

Having picked up 45 points in 2012 on the back of his maiden F1 race win at the Spanish Grand Prix, Maldonado and Williams were hoping to push on this year. However, it was another disappointing campaign for both as they struggled at the wrong end of the field.

The Venezuelan's only point this season was at the Hungarian GP while the less experienced Valtteri Bottas picked up four and also outqualified him 12-7.

Maldonado, though, is moving on next year as he has signed a contract with Lotus and he believes his 2013 season was his best as he proved he can learn from his mistakes.

"Thinking about the results and thinking about what I experienced in F1 for the past three years, I think this is my best year, even though the results are not there," he told Autosport.

"I learned a lot from all the mistakes, especially from a technical point of view, and I think I will help the team where I will be [Lotus] not to make the same mistakes. I feel experienced, I feel ready.

"I had so many good races this year with good pace, no penalties. I was in a good learning process.

"The speed was always there because even in my first year I was quicker than Rubens [Barrichello], who was very quick and very experienced. Still the speed is there, you don't get stupid overnight!

"I just need to have a good car, good support from the team and try to improve myself in every way."

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