Pastor Maldonado comes into the 2013 Formula 1 season looking to prove that he is worthy of the high hopes placed on him by his Williams team. His spent his first season in Formula 1 as the apprentice with Williams behind Rubens Barrichello and struggled with consistency, notching just one Top 10 finish while failing to complete six races. Despite his spotty record, Williams chose to retain Maldonado and replace Barrichello with Bruno Senna, making Maldonado the “veteran” as the team hopes to respond after the worst season in its history.
Now in 2013 Maldonado races with teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Williams scored just five points in 2012 as the team appeared to be overmatched in terms of power by its rivals. The team took a bold step to fix the problem in the off-season, ditching the Cosworth engines after two seasons and switching to Renault. It’s a combination that has paid off before, as Williams won five constructor’s championships with Renault. The expectation for a more consistent and powerful engine also ramps up the expectations on Maldonado to improve his poor performance from 2011.
The Venezuelan F1 driver came to Williams with impeccable credentials, having won the GP2 title in 2010. Driving for the Rapax Team, he won six races during the season and finished far ahead of second-place Sergio Perez for the series title. His 10 wins in GP2 competition were enough to attract plenty of interest from Formula 1 teams, as he was rumored as a potential driver for Campos and the aborted Stefan Grand Prix teams.
Maldonado will be dealing with lots of changes in 2012. Along with the new engine and teammate, Williams has overhauled their technical team. A clean slate might be exactly what Maldonado needs after a grueling rookie campaign.
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