Maldonado at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix.
|Born||Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta
9 March 1985
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||96 (95 starts)|
|First entry||2011 Australian Grand Prix|
|First win||2012 Spanish Grand Prix|
|Last win||2012 Spanish Grand Prix|
|Last entry||2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
I'm used to having a lot of criticism. It's normal. It's normal when you come from South America, when you have a country pushing very hard in your back.
I just want to do my best, to be as close to the top as I can, and to get the maximum out of the car.
In my city of Maracay, there is a go kart circuit about five minutes from my home. When I was about three or four years old, I said I wanted to race, but I was too young; then, when I reached the age of seven, my father gave me a kart and we started from there.
After karting in Venezuela, I came to Europe in 1998 to compete in international kart races, which was great for me to get experience racing outside my country. After consistently being at the top, I decided to move to Italian Formula Renault.
Having competed themselves, my father and my uncle are very passionate about motorsport, so I inherited it from them.
Williams is one of the big names in F1 with a really strong pedigree, so it is an honour to be driving for them.
I did some mistakes; I accept that – I always accept my mistakes. For sure, we are looking forward to improve, to deliver my best as always.
As a driver, you always dream of winning a F1 race, and to win so early on in my career was very special.
Williams really does feel like a family, and I have built up very good relationships with people here; in fact, some of my best friends work for Williams. A friendly atmosphere can really help on the track as well because I feel like I can communicate freely with the team.