Williams yet again left Suzuka pointless after enduring another tough weekend, with Pastor Maldonado outracing team-mate Rubens Barrichello to 14th while the Brazilian veteran could only manage 17th.
The Former World Championship winning team in truth never looked like achieving a points paying finish, after a nightmare Friday practice translating to a lack of pace on Saturday during qualifying.
The race however did fare better for the team with Barrichello climbing as high as eighth. However his two stop strategy was compromised like other teams by the safety car which bunched the field up, not working in the Brazilians favour who was left on the wrong tyre with a lack of pace.
"Everything seemed to be playing our way at the start but then the safety car was deployed," he said. "That was bad timing for us. It closed the pack up and left us struggling on the wrong tyre at the end of the race which was too slow."
Maldonado, meanwhile seemed endure a more constant race while never troubling the points due to a lack of pace on the harder prime tyres as he struggled on the harder prime tyre. However, the safety car enabled the team to change his strategy moving him onto a three stop race. The Venezuelan as a result was able to produce a late charge to 14th with the rookie commending the car's pace towards the end of the race.
"We had a difficult start on the prime tyres and our pace in the first stint was penalised quite heavily by them," he said. "We went onto the options at the second pitstop and that improved our pace considerably. We became fairly consistent after that. Towards the end of the race our pace was quick, I think possibly the quickest it's been all weekend, but it was too late as we'd already lost out on a better finish in the opening laps. I did the best I possibly could today but it was not enough."