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Maldonado wants to remain at Williams

Jul 22, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Pastor Maldonado says he wants to remain at Williams despite the team’s poor start to the year.

He and team mate Valtteri Bottas are yet to score after nine races.

“I really want to continue here,” Maldonado said to Autosport, “it is one of the best places for a young driver to be.”

Maldonado said Williams “have a great future, with great potential, and there is no point to change”.

“At the moment I have been not concentrating on the contract of next year,” he added. “We have an order in the team which is to work very hard to fix the problem and improve our performance.”

Last week the team announced technical director Mike Coughlan was leaving the team while Pat Symonds had been hired from Marussia as chief technical officer.

Maldonado has had a mixed career with Williams so far. He joined the team in 2011 when they were struggling, but last year they won the Spanish Grand Prix together and Maldonado impressed in several other races.

Bottas believes the German Grand Prix showed the team are poised to finally start scoring points this year: “The team were very close to securing a double points finish in Germany and the hard work everyone is putting in is moving us in the right direction.”