Maldonado confident of “step forward” in Canada

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Pastor Maldonado is confident that Williams have made a step forward ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix following a difficult start to the season.

The team has failed to score any points so far in 2013, and currently lies 9th in the constructors’ championship. This is a stark contrast to its 2012 form, where by this point Maldonado had already claimed a win at the Spanish Grand Prix. However, the Venezuelan driver is confident that some progress has been made ahead of the race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“I mean, it was quite difficult to understand the car since the beginning of the season. Especially from the first race. We’ve been fighting a lot to try to fix the problems,” Maldonado explained in the drivers’ press conference. “We fix the problems but they are not easy to show.

“We have been working very hard, 24 hours a day in the factory, especially in the wind tunnel. The problems are coming from aerodynamic. We’ve been trying to make some progress. I think we understand now a bit more the car and hopefully this race should be much better for us.”

Maldonado was quick not to overestimate the impact of the upgrades.

“The chassis is more-or-less the same. Just some new parts, aero parts. Hopefully we are going to solve – not all the problems – but have a step forward. We have been expecting that for some time.”

When asked about his big crash in Monaco, Maldonado confirmed that he is fully fit and ready to push once again in Canada.

“No, no, I’m OK. I was OK. It was a reset.”