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Q&A: Mark Gillan, Williams

The European Grand Prix was a frustrating race for Williams F1, as more than Bruno Senna's solitary point was on offer until Pastor Maldonado's challenge came to a premature end, as chief operations engineer Mark Gillan reflects.

Q:
The European Grand Prix promised much for the Williams F1 Team, but ultimately delivered only one point. How would you summarise the competitiveness of the Williams-Renault FW34 this weekend?

Mark Gillan:
We are obviously disappointed not to have capitalised on the pace shown throughout the weekend but we have learnt a great deal at Valencia, especially relating to tyre management.

Q:
Your qualifying pace has not quite matched your strong race pace this season. Was Pastor's third place grid position a sign that this is changing?

Mark Gillan:
Our qualifying pace has improved and Pastor's pole position in Spain and subsequent third position in qualifying in Valencia is testament to that fact.

Q:
Pastor received a penalty following a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap, what was your opinion on this?

Mark Gillan:
Obviously the team were disappointed to see one of our cars sustain damage so close to the end of the race when we were showing good pace, but we respect the decision taken by the stewards. Both Pastor and the team have moved on and the focus is now on achieving a good result at Silverstone.

Q:
The FW34 was very fast all weekend. Was there a particular aspect of the Valencia Street Circuit that suited the car?

Mark Gillan:
No, not really, as the car seems well suited to most circuits. We have a good base package and with the excellent feedback that our drivers are giving us we are able to selectively develop the car to improve any deficiencies whilst also working on our strengths.

Q:
How did the high track temperatures affect tyre wear, particularly for the one-stopping Bruno Senna?

Mark Gillan:
The tyres are sensitive to track temperature so tyre management is of first order importance. In conjunction with his engineers Bruno did a very good job in managing the tyres though the race.

Q:
The team's home race, the British Grand Prix, comes next. What can we expect from the Williams-Renault FW34 at Silverstone?

Mark Gillan:
As per all races the whole team are pushing hard to maximise our performance and deliver a good result, which of course would be extra special given that it is our home grand prix.



Related Pictures

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24.06.2012- Race, Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW34 and Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
24.06.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 leads Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
24.06.2012- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
26.07.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-30.
26.07.2015 - Race, Start of the race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB11
26.07.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
26.07.2015 - Race, Roberto Merhi (ESP) Manor Marussia F1 Team and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
26.07.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
26.07.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
26.07.2015 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
26.07.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW37
26.07.2015 - Race, Crash, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Crash, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08

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