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Particularly good pace encourages Williams

Williams leave Korea encouraged by Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado's race pace despite the team scoring no points yet again
Williams duo Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado gave their team a reason to feel positive after the duo displayed 'particularly good pace' during the race, even so, Williams yet again leave a grand prix weekend pointless.

Barrichello, who started 18th, was able to bring his Williams home in twelfth after switching to a two stop strategy enabling him to make the most of the surprising durability on the soft prime tyre.

The Brazilian however, was left to rue another safety car, claiming it cost him a few positions.

"Our pace was good today and I was able to fight with quicker cars," he said. "Once again the safety car didn't go my way and that cost me positions. Having said that, I still enjoyed the race and I had fun overtaking. It's just a pity we didn't score."

Maldonado, however, arguably had the potential to finish in the points after running eleventh until a drive through penalty compromised his afternoon. In reality this didn't matter for Maldonado as the Venezuelan was forced to retire on lap 31 due to an issue with his Cosworth engine.

"I had a good start and my pace was looking ok," he said. "Unfortunately, I made a mistake coming into the pits which cost me a drive through penalty. My race ended when the team spotted a problem with the engine and I had to retire. Not a great weekend, but I'll now shift my focus to a better result in India."

Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan, commended both drivers on their tenacity during the race.

"Rubens fought hard throughout the race and showed particularly good pace on his last set of soft tyres to finish in twelfth after switching to a two stop strategy with the safety car," he said.

"Pastor also fought hard but unfortunately picked up a drive through penalty after a late entry to the pitlane. His race then ended early with an engine-related problem."

by Simon Evans




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