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Pastor Maldonado rates chances of staying with Williams in 2014 as "quite good"

Venezuelan says he has a contract in place with the team

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 10/10/13 10:10am

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Pastor Maldonaldo: Likely to remain at Williams in 2014

Pastor Maldonaldo: Likely to remain at Williams in 2014

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Pastor Maldonado says he is likely to remain at Williams in 2014 despite a difficult season for the Grove-based team.

The Venezuelan joined the team ahead of the 2011 campaign having secured the GP2 title the previous year. After scoring just a solitary point in his debut season, Maldonado picked up the team's first victory since 2004 at the 2012 Spanish GP, but that remains his sole visit to the podium.

2013 has been another challenging year for Williams with tenth place in July's Hungarian GP their only points-scoring race so far, but the 28-year-old is determined to help the team return to its former glories.

"For sure it was a hard beginning of the season and it was quite a hard time for us as a team," Maldonado said in the Drivers' Press Conference ahead of the Japanese GP.

"We have been working very, very hard - 24 hours a day - trying to improve our performance and trying to do something different to improve the car's performance. At the moment we maybe find some way, but it is not enough to catch the teams that are quite close to us. For sure there is nothing to do, we just need to keep trying until the last race - there are still five races to go.

"We have been quite close - even last weekend - to be in the points, but have had some problem in the last part of the race, but I will keep trying to get some more points before the end of the season and then we will see for next year. At the moment I have a contract and it is looking quite good."

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