The first Venezuelan driver to stand on the F1 podium, let alone win, Maldonado became the fifth different winner from five races won by five different teams - a phenomenon only ever seen before in 1983.
A 300-1 outsider before the weekend, Maldonado delivered Williams' first win since Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya in Brazil in October 2004.
"Very good job, guys," was all he said over the radio as his team mates erupted in celebrations but Maldonado made up for it on the podium as Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen lifted him on their shoulders.
Then the champagne flowed.
Image: Williams Formula One driver, Pastor Maldonado, from Venezuela, celebrates after winning the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona, Sunday May 13, 2012.