Pastor Maldonado secures first Williams F1 win since 2004

2012 F2 champion to test with race-winning team

Pastor Maldonado scored his maiden Formula 1 win during last weekend's thrilling Spanish Grand Prix, handing the Williams F1 Team their first victory since 2004.

After securing pole for the race, the 27-year-old fought off strong competition from local hero Fernando Alonso to become the first Venezuelan to win a GP and end an eight year victory drought for the Williams outfit. His win also makes Maldonado the fifth different driver in as many rounds to win in F1 this year and from the fifth different team.

"It's an unbelievable feeling winning my first race," said Maldonado. "The car felt really consistent, was fantastic to drive and our pace was strong throughout. The team has worked so hard all year and this win is for them."

Mark Gillan, Williams' Chief Operations Engineer, added: "What can I say - a massive result for the team and a stunning drive by Pastor. The whole race went well from start to finish with every team member playing a vital part in this victory. We will allow ourselves a bit of time to savour the win and then will refocus to concentrate our efforts on continuing to improve throughout the remainder of the season."

The Williams F1 Team and Formula Two have been partners since the new era of the series returned in 2009 with the Oxfordshire-based squad also designing the highly sophisticated JPH1B F2 car. As with all previous seasons, the 2012 FIA Formula Two Champion will receive a prize test in the Williams machine during F1's official young driver tests.

To date, F2  has a proud record in the F1 rookie tests with 2009 champion Andy Soucek recording the fastest overall time, 2010 champion Dean Stoneman going fifth fastest and last year's champion Mirko Bortolotti running seventh quickest - all against a hugely competitive field.

In the race for this year's F2 title and Williams F1 test, British driver Luciano Bacheta currently leads the way after securing four wins from four races, 46 points ahead of nearest rival Mathéo Tuscher.

Meanwhile, the next rounds of the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship take place at Germany's Nűrburgring on 25-27 May.

2012 Championship
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231.5pts
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210pts
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196pts
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169pts
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161pts
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115pts
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106.5pts
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27pts
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Race 2
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