Maldonado: Williams are competitive

Date published: June 22 2012

Pastor Maldonado believes Williams can return to the front after a flying start to their Valencia Grand Prix weekend…

Pastor Maldonado believes Williams can return to the front after a flying start to their Valencia Grand Prix weekend.

Following his surprise victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, Maldonado’s on-track results have slumped dramatically.

The Venezuelan has failed to score a single World Championship point, crashing out of the Monaco GP and seriously lacking form at the Montreal event.

However, there were positive signs of a fight-back in Valencia on Friday morning when Maldonado set the pace ahead of the Red Bull drivers.

“The car is competitive,” the 27-year-old told Autosport. “We just need to put everything together.

“The last two races, for whatever reasons, we didn’t. But the good thing is that we can always be competitive.

“Maybe we cannot always be at the front, but we are close. That means that the car is good, and we didn’t lose our pace.”

Maldonado added that the Valencia circuit will also play into Williams’ hands as its layout should suit their FW34’s strong points.

“This is a stop and go track. It’s a big braking and traction track, with lots of second gear corners. We have been good in slow parts, we have worked hard on these kinds of corners and we found a good balance.

“I think here is going to be a good chance for us to become strong again.”