Pastor Maldonado says he has fully recovered from his crash during the Monaco GP
Venezuelan will have a new chassis in Canada
By William Esler. Last Updated: 06/06/13 5:06pm
Pastor Maldonado says he is feeling no ill effects after his heavy crash at Tabac during the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago.
The Venezuelan was squeezed against the barrier by Max Chilton during the race in Monte Carlo, firing the Williams car into the air before colliding with the TecPro barriers. The force with which Maldonado hit the wall was such that the impact dislodged the barriers, bringing them onto the track and causing a red flag.
Whilst the 28-year-old may not have suffered any long-term injuries in the crash, his FW35 was heavily damaged and thus Maldonado will be racing with a new chassis in Canada.
"I am ok and everything is ok. It was just a case of reset," the Williams driver said during Thursday's Press Conference in Montreal.
"The chassis is more or less the same. It will have some new aero parts and hopefully we can solve, maybe not all the problems, but at least make a step forward which we have been expecting for some time."
After a difficult start to the season Williams are yet to score a point in 2013, but Maldonado is optimistic they are beginning to make progress with their car.
"It was quite difficult to understand the car at the beginning of the season, particularly at the first race and we have been fighting a lot to try and fix the problems," the Venezuelan added.
"We have fixed the problems but they are not easy to sort. We have been working very hard, 24 hours a day in the factory, especially in the wind tunnel.
"The problems are coming from the aerodynamics and we have been trying to make some progress. I think we now understand the car a bit more and hopefully at this race it should be much better for us."