Pastor Maldonado believes a year of experience in Formula 1 will make it easier for him to help push his Williams team down the right development path with its FW34.
Williams is aiming to bounce back from its worst-ever season in F1, and it hopes revisions to its technical department and a switch to Renault engines can lift its form. Although Maldonado has only a single campaign under his belt, he is confident that he now has enough knowledge of F1 to help Williams make good progress.
"I have faith in the FW34 and the Renault engine, and so have high hopes for the races ahead," he said. "It will be very important that we develop the car from the start of the season to the end. Now that I have a year's experience, I can help in that area much more now."
He added: "We have many new components in the team so we will need to be focused and work together well so that we may be stronger every day."
Teammate Bruno Senna feels that his contribution to Williams will be more than he has been able to give to his two previous teams, because he is about to embark on his first preseason testing campaign.
"I'm very excited to be back in action in Jerez," he said. "This is my ever first preseason testing program since I started in Formula 1 two years ago. I'm really motivated and looking forward to working hard and with everyone in the team. I hope we have a successful month testing and developing the car so we arrive in Melbourne as well prepared as possible."