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Maldonado relives 'worst' season

2011-12-30 11:12

Pastor Maldonado is confident he will have a better second season in Formula 1.

With his Venezuelan oil backing, Maldonado made his GP debut as the reigning GP2 champion in 2011 but scored only one of Williams' five points.

Maldonado said: "I trust the team because it is impossible to be worse than 2011. I believe that was the worst position for a rookie (to be in), when nothing works, especially in the first year (as) you have to learn many things.

"Nevertheless, I defended myself well, even against Rubens Barrichello.  It certainly was a year of learning. I'm sure we will improve, we have worked really hard to grow as a team."

Williams had a disastrous season, finishing 36 points behind Toro Rosso but ahead of the three non-scoring teams.

NEW TECHNICAL BOSS

The appointment of technical boss Mike Coughlan, former McLaren chief designer who was sacked a few years ago amid the 'liegate' scandal, will be a fundamental change for the team in 2012. He's replaced McLaren-bound Sam Michael, Williams' long-time technical director.

Maldonado said: "I hope we have a better car, one more competitive, so we can always fight for points and higher positions."

The rookie is staying with Williams for the 2012 season.

GMM