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Maldonado hails Williams' new philosophy during 2012 F1 season

Pastor Maldonado, WilliamsPastor Maldonado says a new attitude at Williams has contributed to the team's success this year.

Maldonado dominated the Spanish Grand Prix from an inherited pole position after Lewis Hamilton was penalised for a fuel infringement in qualifying, giving Williams its first victory since the 2004 season.

The Venezuelan reckons a change of philosophy has helped the team take the step forward it needed after a dismal 2011.

"We changed the philosophy a little bit, for a better way," he said. "We have a different point of view to attack the problems, so everything looks like it is running very good in the team. The feeling is good."

The 27 year-old said that despite a difficult weekend in Monaco the team will have further opportunities as the season continues to be unpredictable.

"This is a new race. I love this track, and we will see if the car likes this track. If it does then I will be competitive," said Maldonado ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

"I think it will be very unpredictable through the year. The gaps are very close, so everyone can win races," he added.

Despite Montreal only requiring a medium level of downforce, the Venezuelan driver believes that the Williams will be competitive.

"I think high downforce tracks are good for us, so we need to see here - this is the first circuit that we are running medium downforce, and I feel confident for this circuit too.

"The car is working really well, the front and the back of the car, so now, with everything so close, if you don't put everything together then you are at the back. So you need to be focusing 100 per cent around the whole car."

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