Maldonado scores after ten-race gap

© Ubaid Parkar, 7 October 2012
© Lorenzo Bellanca/LAT Photographic/Williams

Pastor Maldonado ended his points-drought, which lasted ten races, at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday after the Venezuelan finished eighth in the race.

Adding four points to his tally, the Williams driver made up four places from the starting grid in Suzuka to score for the first time since his win at the Spanish GP in May.

"It was a good race for me. The car had great pace and was very consistent, but it proved difficult to overtake, especially towards the end,” Maldonado said. “We felt we were quicker than the cars in front, but the nature of the track makes it difficult to close the gap. We’re back in the points so I’m happy with that as it gives us great confidence going into the next race."

Senna’s race in contrast was a disaster as he was involved in the first lap incident which forced him to pit for a new front wing following a collision with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

The Brazilian’s outing was further compromised by being given a drive-through penalty for the incident. He eventually finished in 14th.


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