MONZA, September 6th, 2013 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Williams driver Pastor Maldonado feels Monza provides the team with an opportunity to pick up points and close the gap to Sauber in the Constructors' Championship.
"I think it’s possible. Even in 2012 the car was not so great for us and I finished 11th and started from 22[nd]. This year maybe it’s going to be a bit more difficult but it’s possible,” Maldonado said.
Monza is a low downforce circuit with long straights, something he believes will suit the FW35, “We had a disappointing result at the Belgian Grand Prix, but our car has good straight line speed [and] so should be suited to this track.”.
Along with the characteristics of the circuit Maldonado feels the warm weather will also play into their hands: “Hopefully the weather will stay like that, every time when it’s a bit cold we are not so great like in Spa, but if we go back to Germany, Hungary and even Silverstone we were quite competitive there so hopefully the weather stays like this.”
Earlier this year Maldonado scored the team's first point of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and with Sauber only six points ahead of them the team have some upgrades planned to hopefully close the gap.
"[The upgrades] are arriving quite soon but not for this race, maybe next one and Korea hopefully, and that could help us to close a little bit of the gap,” Maldonado said.