Maldonado says Williams' form better than results in last two races suggest
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, June 15th 2012, 10:19 GMT|
Pastor Maldonado believes Williams' form since its Spanish Grand Prix victory has not been as bad as its poor results suggest.
Williams has scored just a single point in the two races since Barcelona, with neither Maldonado nor Bruno Senna making it in to Q3 at either Monaco or Canada.
But although that form is a disappointment after the highs of Spain, Maldonado thinks that things are not as bad as they appear - and the poor results are more down to things just not clicking together rather than any inherent weakness with the car.
When asked by AUTOSPORT why he believed Williams was so strong in Barcelona but had not been that quick since, Maldonado said: "I think we've been good as well. We've been good in Monaco because we were always there, top five. In Canada as well; I just missed the qualifying but I think it was a consequence because I got traffic.
"I did my best in only one lap I had. I just try, and I just missed, which can happen. From our point of view I think we've been competitive; but we didn't get any luck. The car is there; my pace is there; I'm always quick. We just need to try to improve. We are not the quickest on the track but we are not that far away."
Maldonado thinks that if the team can get on top of the challenges of each venue as well as it did in Spain then there is little reason not to think that more success is possible.
"We need to work hard, especially with the car, to try to improve qualifying and the race," he said. "We need to try to get the balance, and the best compromise, between qualifying and race.
"I think we are not that far off, we just need to put everything together. The last couple of races, it was quite difficult to put everything together, but we are competitive. We need to just concentrate on our pace and everything."