Pastor Maldonado says he feels revitalized by the prospect of racing for a new team in Formula 1 next year with Lotus.
The Venezuelan had been weighing up offers from Sauber and Lotus for 2014 after deciding that he no longer wanted to stay at Williams. He has focused his efforts on Lotus since the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend and a deal was concluded on Friday for him to race alongside Romain Grosjean next year.
Maldonado made it clear that he is excited about the next phase of his career after a difficult season at Williams. Although relations with his former team were strained toward the end of the season, he believes his time at Williams was valuable to helping him improve as a driver.
“I really learned a lot from the team,” Maldonado said. “They gave me an opportunity to have Rubens Barrichello my first year as teammate.
“Last year we won a race which was very special for the team because they had had many years without winning races. Now, even looking at the situation we had this year, it didn’t look easy to get back to winning races.
“But it was a special time and this year I learned even more than the previous two seasons, even if we did not achieve the targets. Now though, I feel ready to go for something else.”