Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

Leaving Williams was a “tough decision” – Maldonado

2013 United States Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Pastor Maldonado says it was his decision to leave Williams after three years with the team.

Wiliams confirmed on Monday Felipe Massa will replace Maldonado in their 2014 line-up.

“It was a tough decision from my side,” said Maldonado during the United States Grand Prix press conference.

“I spent three years with the team, special years I think, they give me the opportunity to become a Formula One driver. We won a race which is quite special as a driver and I think as a team, even for them after eight years without winning anything. So I think was the most special moment for us.

“But sometimes you need to take some hard decisions. It’s my case at the moment. I think I’m feeling quite good, is leaving an important moment for my career, improving every time, doing some solid races, trying to get the maximum from the team, trying to get the maximum from the car.

“For sure the season has been very, very hard for all the team. We were expecting something more from the car from the total performance. And yeah we couldn’t achieve our targets but sometimes it’s like that, Formula One is like that, sometimes you can and sometimes not, you need to learn from the mistake and try always to do your best.”

Asked if he knew which team he will be driving for next year Maldonado said: “Yeah, for sure I know.”

“I have a couple of options, we are still working on it. And I really hope to have a clear answer soon.”

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