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Maldonado happier with Williams handling

Nov 13, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Pastor Maldonado says he’s feeling more positive about Williams’ chances in the final two races following the changes made to the car during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

Williams found the FW35’s handling improved when they tested a 2014-style exhaust solution which does not harness the ‘Coanda effect’ exploited by the current generation of cars.

“We made a positive step forward with the car in Abu Dhabi and its feeling better to drive, so hopefully we can continue making progress this weekend and manage to finish in the points,” said Maldonado.

The Venezuelan driver scored the team’s only point of the year so far in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The next two races will be his final outings for the team who have already confirmed he will not be driving for them in 2014, taking his PDVSA backing with him.

Maldonado’s team mate Valtteri Bottas will be making his first appearance at the track. “I did not drive this track in FP1 last year so this will be a new experience for me but one I’m really looking forward to,” he said. “I talked to some of the drivers last year and they were very positive and mentioned how challenging the Circuit of the Americas was.”

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