Maldonado: 2013 “my best year”

Pastor Maldonado believes his final season with the Williams F1 Team in 2013 was his best yet despite struggling at the back of the midfield.0813LW1D2780

The Venezuelan driver only managed to score one point in 19 races thanks to 10th place at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He was consistently matched by his rookie team-mate Valtteri Bottas and finished behind him in the drivers’ standings.

Despite winning a race for Williams last year, he feels his third season in F1 was the best he has driven so far in his career. “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.”

The 28-year-old leaves Williams at the end of the year to drive for Lotus in 2014, partnering Romain Grosjean. He is confident that he can adapt to the new regulations and rules next season. “It is the same for everyone so I don’t see the point in being worried about it,” he said.

“We need to adapt ourselves, both team and driver, for these conditions and I think I am quite good at adapting myself quickly to new things and I hope to be competitive from the beginning.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

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