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Pastor Maldonado has another chance to display his potential after he qualified fourth for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Williams driver, who is slated to start from third owing to Sebastian Vettel’s penalty, has scored just four points since his win at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, 12 races ago.
The Venezuelan lost several points scoring positions due to varied reasons this season. He spun out of sixth place in Australia, crashed out in Valencia from a potential podium and in Singapore he retired when running third due to an issue with the hydraulics.
But after a hard fought qualifying in Abu Dhabi, the 27-year-old now intends to push to the maximum in Sunday’s 55-lap race.
"It was a difficult session, especially in Q2 as we were on the limit in P10, but I saw the potential in the car,” Maldonado said. “We then found a great balance in Q3 and I’m happy that we are back to looking strong again.
“I think we showed throughout all the weekend that we are competitive and I did my best in qualifying,” he added. “Points are very important for us so I will be pushing to the maximum."
Teammate Bruno Senna, meanwhile, had his task cut out as he "didn't quite have the pace to transition into Q3". The Brazilian qualified 15th but will gain a place due to Vettel's exclusion.