One analysis showed he was the driver penalised most often by the FIA in 2012.
But the 27-year-old Venezuelan insisted: "Every time I walk down a hallway in my house and see everything I've got with this style, I think I should continue on this path.
"Yes, I've had run-ins with other drivers, not only now but in the past," Maldonado is quoted by Spain's Marca sports newspaper.
"But I have won in each of the categories in which I have competed.
"That gives me strength to keep going, because you can always improve," he added.