Maldonado on a mission with Williams

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Pastor Maldonado has said that he is very happy at Williams F1 Team, explaining how he is on a “mission” to win a world championship with the British team before moving on to pastures new amid rumors that he could be on the move next season.

With just six drivers holding contracts for next year, there could be a sizeable change in the grid for 2014, but Maldonado is refusing to read into any talk in the media.

“I heard a lot of rumours to be honest,” Maldonado explained. “I have a friend which is one of my best mates and he was calling me when I was on the beach: ‘oh I read in a newspaper you are going to Ferrari, you are going to Lotus.’ To be honest, I’m fully focused on this season, there is no point to say I’m going somewhere else. I’m in a good place.”

Maldonado conceded that the team was performing below par this season, but he has faith in his future at Williams.

“For sure, the results are not there, the team potential is big as always, we need to work together, harder, and I hope to stay. I hope to be here even next year. You never know. I really want to win the championship in Williams, before I go to another team.

“For me, it’s like a mission when I got to the team. I mean, I have a lot of responsibility on my back, not only to drive for Williams, I drive for my country and I drive for PDVSA as well so I have a lot of responsibility.”

On a personal level, Maldonado is pleased with his showings so far this season despite scoring just one point in 2013.

“I think I’m doing quite well, the team is happy with my drives, we won a race in my second year even when the car was not a car to win races. I think I’m doing quite well, just, we need to put everything together just to be more consistent as a team, not only as a driver.”

Williams currently occupy P9 in the constructors’ championship, six points behind Sauber. If Maldonado can string together some points-scoring finishes, the team could soon surpass their rivals and put themselves in good stead for the rest of the season.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.