Pastor Maldonado finished in tenth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix, scoring both his and Williams’s first point of the season.
It ends a points drought for the team that dated back to last year’s United States Grand Prix in Austin.
The Venezuelan drove a strong race and was able to score his first points finish after Nico Rosberg’s late retirement on lap 64.
“I had a really good start from P15 and made a few overtaking manoeuvres during the race which were on the limit, which is especially pleasing as at this track it is very hard to overtake,” he said. “The car felt consistent, maybe not as fast in the second and third stints, but very consistent. I really want to keep scoring points now and be even stronger during the second part of the season.”
Valtteri Bottas suffered his first retirement of the season, stopping on track with a hydraulic problem on lap 42.
“It’s a shame to have my first retirement of the season as the goal was to finish every race, but there was nothing I could do today,” he said.
“We still need to investigate what happened but it felt like hydraulics as first I lost the power steering and then the engine. Today wasn’t my best race but in general I feel I am improving all the time and looking forward to the second half of the season.”