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Maldonado has trust in team
Pastor Maldonado trusts that Williams will deliver a "much more competitive" car for the 2012 season.
Williams endured the worst season in its history as it accumulated just five points in 2011, with Maldonado contributing just one of those. The team has since undergone a major overhaul of technical personnel, which included technical director Sam Michael departing for McLaren. After admitting that his first season was "very difficult ... particularly as a rookie", Maldonado said he was looking for a marked improvement in 2012.
"I trust the team that the car we have made will be much more competitive than we had last season," Maldonado is quoted by EFE. "[My debut year] was a unique experience and a very important one in my sporting life, and I believe also in all of the sporting life of Venezuela."
Maldonado's new Williams team-mate Bruno Senna agreed that the team will have learnt a lot from last season's issues.
"I think Williams learned a lot from 2011," Senna told SporTV. "A difficult year helps a team to realise what are its flaws and problems. They have replaced some people and changed some processes and a lot of things and are excited about having a good season."
Chief operations engineer Mark Gillan admits that the new car has been "encouraging" so far having passed all of the FIA crash tests.
"We passed all the various crash tests before Christmas," Gillan said. "General performance trends look very encouraging and the processes, in terms of development and on the design side, have dramatically changed. So it's looking very encouraging. Going forwards, I'd say we are on target. We want to be consistently in the points and in the top ten. We want to be through to Q3 and scoring points at the end of the race. I am confident that we can achieve that goal."