Maldonado: Points realistic at Sepang

Williams rookie Pastor Maldonado believes qualifying and finishing in the top 10 is a reasonable goal for his second grand prix in Malaysia this weekend

Maldonado: Points realistic at Sepang

The GP2 champion made a sensible Formula 1 debut in Melbourne with 15th place on the grid, although a transmission problem ended his race early.

"After a difficult start to the season in Melbourne, I'm more than ready to get to Malaysia," he said.

"Despite the result in Australia, I am now feeling more confident with both the car and within the team.

"I think that we will be able to get more performance out of our car [at Sepang] as there is a lot of potential if we keep working hard."

Although Maldonado retired early in Australia, he said having gone through the process of a grand prix weekend once would make him stronger for Sepang.

"Looking ahead, our objective is to continue to improve race after race," he said. "I would like to be in the top 10 in both qualifying and the race, and I think we can achieve that.

"Of course, it would have been better if we had been able to finish the race in Melbourne, but the positive is that I'm now more experienced and feel confident with how a Formula 1 weekend unfolds and all the procedures involved."

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