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Monza a chance for Williams to score points - Maldonado

ESPN Staff
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Pastor Maldonado scored Williams' only point at the Hungaroring this year © Getty Images
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Pastor Maldonado is confident he can return to the points at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend as he believes his Williams will be well suited to the high-speed Monza circuit.

Williams has scored just one point this season at the Hungarian Grand Prix and has struggled to come close to the top ten at most venues. However, Monza requires a low-downforce set-up and Maldonado believes it will play to the strengths of his car.

"This circuit gives everyone the chance to open the car up and see what it is capable of on the long straights," he said. "We had a disappointing result at the Belgian Grand Prix, but our car has good straight line speed so should be suited to this track and hopefully we can continue the progress we made in Hungary and score more points."

Chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar explained in more detail what is needed to be successful at Monza.

"As always it is a compromise in terms of set-up, however low drag is favoured here due to the long straights and high track efficiency, although the lack of downforce makes the chicanes tricky. Monza, alongside Monaco, is one of the two races where teams will often take specific aerodynamic components only used at those tracks.

"The brakes are under considerable mechanical stress due to the magnitude of the change of speed at the end of the long straights, although the long straights do aid in cooling them down again. Monza marks our last outing before the final flyaway races of the season so we will be aiming to leave Europe with some more points on the board."