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Maldonado will improve

Pastor Maldonado has received a confidence boost ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix from Executive Director, Toto Wolff.

Malonado has had a mixed season to-date, generally showing great speed in qualifying but failing to convert that speed into points finishes.

Since his maiden victory in Spain, Williams' first since 2004, Maldonado has failed to add to his points tally, with the Chinese Grand Prix back in April his only other top ten finish [eighth].

In comparison, team-mate Bruno Senna has finished in the points seven times so far this season.

'[Maldonado's] got a huge raw talent - he is extremely fast. And he is a nice guy, which is important because you need to be socially competent to function in that environment. The new generation of drivers needs to be like that. Yes, he seems to struggle in some situations in the race. From one stupid, heated incident in Monaco it has almost become an avalanche - and this is affecting his performance. Williams executive director Toto Wolff told formula1.com.

Maldonado has been on the receiving end of a number of penalties from the race stewards this season, with the recent Belgian Grand Prix ending with the haphazard Venezuelan collecting three driver penalties over the course of one single weekend.

The Belgian race stewards decided to imposed a three-place grid penalty for blocking Nico Hulkenberg during the first part of qualifying on the Saturday, whilst a further two penalties followed on Sunday following two incidents during the opening five laps of the race [jump start & collision with Glock].

Following previous incidents which were heavily criticised by Sauber's Sergio Perez, Maldonado has always maintained that he doesn't need to change his style of racing, however there now appears to be a shift in that mentality according to his boss.

'I think he has understood now that he has to take a different approach - this is not GP2. But he is an intelligent guy and he will learn from it. He understands that he is in a difficult situation, but he will rise above it. Of that I am 100 percent sure.

Despite both drivers showing potential this season, Williams insist they will not be drawn over their 2013 driver line-up for at least another month.

Wolff concluded: 'announcing a driver line-up is always an interesting topic so I think we take the approach of making an announcement when it will excite people. Whether it will be in-season or not, I donít know yet, but we donít want to drag it out too long.








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Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 18 2012

Time: 10:00AM

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A very fair assesment of Pastor. The basic ingredient is raw speed and if it can be refined Pastor can go on to have a very good F1 career. Hope he stays at Williams for next season.
johnkelv
He brings too much money to the team not to keep his seat, I fear it's Senna at risk despite being the more consistent racer.
DJ
 

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