Pastor Maldonado from the Williams Formula One team was kind enough to answer some of our "hard hitting" questions, for our latest driver Question and Answer post.
What is your favourite part of the Albert Park circuit?
Albert Park looks like an amazing track but I have only driven it on our race simulator. I really like the track as it is a street circuit, and that kind of circuit really suits my driving style. My favourite parts are the first corner and the quick chicane out the back of the circuit.
What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne?
I have never been to Australia before so I am looking forward to seeing Melbourne and meeting the Australian fans as I head into my first ever Formula One race.
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Australian Grand Prix'?
About how I need to get everything right in my first Formula One race
Who do you think will be your biggest rival this season?
My immediate rival will be Rubens for sure. Your teammate is always the first person you look at and measure yourself against, as you have the same equipment. He is obviously much more experienced and knows the circuits, but I hope to be able to push myself to compete with him. I’ll be paying attention to his driving style to try and get closer to him. I think quite a few drivers will be my rivals this season though. The field is very close and there are so many new additions on the car this year. I think Red Bull will be right at the front again, but I think we need more time to really see where everyone else is.