Pastor Maldonado said he was not surprised to have been so fast during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Venezuelan was fast in all three segments of qualifying, culminating in Williams's first front row start in the dry since Mark Webber started the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix from second position.
"[On Friday] we thought the top ten was possible, and this morning I was quite surprised by our performance, because our car was so quick lower fuel," he said. "So this morning we thought it was possible."
With the Williams already having shown consistent race pace in the first four grands prix of the season, Maldonado is also confident that he can turn the grid position into a solid results in tomorrow's race.
"I think we have been working so hard since the beginning of the year, trying to understand these tyres and develop our cars around the tires," he added. "And we actually made a good step forward for this race. The car looks consistent, especially in race pace, so it's a great feeling to be here, [my] first time in top three.
"We improved our worst thing, which was qualifying pace. So I am happy for the team, for my country and for myself."