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'Relaxed' Pastor learning from mistakes

Tuesday 02-April-2013 08:50

Pastor Maldonado has promised not to repeat his mistakes from 2012, saying he wants to stay away from the stewards' office this season.

The Williams driver produced one of the drives of the season at Barcelona to win his maiden race at the Spanish GP and end the Grove squad's long wait for a win.

However, it went a bit downhill from there for the Venezuelan as he found himself in the stewards' office on far too many occasions.

Maldonado, though, is determined to move on from that and he feels his extra experience will play a major role this year.

"Now I have more experience," he is quoted as saying by Autosport. "I showed that I was ready to win when the opportunity was there.

"Everyone can have a difficult moment. At the same time, I had a hard time with the stewards, because after I had a couple of incidents, they were maybe looking at me more than the others.

"But you learn from your mistakes. I'm more experienced and more relaxed now, and I'm looking forward to being away from the stewards..."

After winning the Spanish GP last year, Maldonado picked up only another 20 points in the next 15 races.

The 28-year-old believes sometimes he needs to accept that he's not going to challenge the front-runners and settle for a points finish instead of pushing too hard.

"Maybe I was pushing too much. I did not realise that the car did not have the performance to win all the races," he said.

"In the past I've always been fighting for victories and Formula 1 is completely different.

"Sometimes you need to be happy with a 10th place."

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