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Maldonado hoping new tyres improve Williams' fortunes 18 Jul 2013

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 (L to R): Mario Isola (ITA) Pirelli Sporting Director talks with Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) Red Bull Racing watches Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Pirelli tyres,
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013

Pastor Maldonado is hopeful that Pirelli’s revised tyres will help Williams bring more out of their car after sampling the new rubber at Silverstone on Thursday.

At this point last season Maldonado had scored 29 points and a race win, whereas in 2013 he’s yet to register a point. The Venezuelan attributes much of this to the fact that the FW35 has not suited his driving style, but he’s cautiously optimistic that the revised tyres (which are the 2012-specification construction combined with the 2013 compounds) could improve the situation when they are introduced in Hungary.

“I’m very limited this year,” he explained. “I’m not driving the car, I’m just following it. Every time I try to ‘drive’ the car it’s even worse. My style is to put a lot of energy into the car - I’m very aggressive with the steering wheel into the corners and I always put of lot of energy into the brakes.

“These kind of strong manoeuvres are not helping the performance of the car, so now I am driving very gently. Will the new tyres help me get back to my old driving style? I hope so. We don’t know - to be honest we have some problems with the car. The tyres are not going to change all of the situation, but hopefully with our car it will do something.”

Madlonado completed 71 laps of the British Grand Prix venue on the second day of the three-day test and though he deemed the new tyres “an improvement in terms of reliability” and “very consistent” he felt that restrictions on set-up changes hampered any true judgements on how they will affect performance.

"We could change nothing (on the car)," he said. "No starts, no set-ups, no pressures. Nothing.

"It was quite limited by Pirelli and the FIA, so we just tested the different compounds of tyres they gave us - medium, hard and prototype. I think we still need to work around these tyres to find out more, but we couldn't do it today because we were a bit limited.

“It will be interesting to work around the tyres and see if the car can improve around them."

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