|Born||March 9, 1985||Nationality||Venezuelan|
|Team||Williams||F1 Debut||Australia 2011|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||1||Fastest Lap(s)||-|
You would think a race win would be a guarantee of a high placing in the Drivers’ World Championship but even success in Barcelona couldn’t help the 27-year-old Venezuelan to finish better than 15th last year.
That’s because he only scored points on four other occasions, and the first of those didn’t come until Japan – 10 races after that memorable day in Barcelona. That’s why Pastor finished the year with just 45 points altogether, but he is planning to change that this time around.
“I feel that Williams is close to making a real breakthrough,” he said when his re-signing was announced, “and I want to be part of a new era of success.”
Pole position and victory in Spain last season was a start – no Williams driver had come first since Juan Pablo Montoya back in 2004, and none of Sir Frank’s charges has won the world title since Jacques Villeneuve way back in 1997.
Going into his third F1 season, Maldonado will need first of all to eliminate the dark side of his on-track character. Last year he almost wore out his racing shoes on his way to and from the stewards’ room, earning a succession of reprimands for erratic and often controversial behaviour.
Perhaps the arrival of thrilling young talent Bottas in the other Williams will help bad boy Maldonado – a former GP2 champion – to remember how good he really can be.