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Midseason Report: Grading Williams Driver Pastor Maldonado

Rewind just 15 months and the Williams F1 team was celebrating its first Formula One victory since 2004 and a certain Venezuelan’s first in the sport.

Pastor Maldonado’s Spanish Grand Prix triumph could have been a stepping stone for progress, but sadly Williams has gone back into a slump, struggling to compete against the spending might of the big manufacturer-backed outfits after an encouraging preseason.

Despite chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar’s insistence to ESPN that the team is progressing, the results so far haven’t been impressive.

Maldonado got off to a poor start in Australia, being outqualified by his rookie teammate Valtteri Bottas before spinning into retirement after 24 laps. Ma...

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