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Maldonado looking forward to dry race

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Pastor Maldonado is confident that a dry race at the German Grand Prix will suit his Williams after he qualified an impressive sixth in the wet.

Maldonado said the car felt good in the early stages of qualifying and that he felt he could have challenged the top four had it remained dry.

"The weather conditions today were really challenging with the grip levels changing so much between sessions," he said. "We had a good balance in Q1 and Q2 but when the rain hit I lost a lot of grip which made it difficult to challenge for a place on the front two rows. On the whole though I'm pretty pleased with where I have qualified and the weather is looking a bit more favourable tomorrow which should suit our car."

After Bruno Senna qualified 16th, Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan is hoping both cars can finish in the points on Sunday.

"Pastor was consistent throughout each session, struggling a little more with the car's balance in the full wet conditions, but ultimately finishing strongly in sixth," he said. "Bruno easily progressed from Q1 into Q2 but found the car more difficult to handle in the intermediate/full wet conditions, finishing in 16th. The weather forecast predicts a dry race and we will be working hard to get both cars home in the points."

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