Pastor Maldonado has admitted his last lap crash in Australia was because he was still pushing Fernando Alonso for fifth.
Maldonado, who had qualified eighth, was on course for the best result of his F1 career – and only his second ever points' finish at the pinnacle of the sport – when he made an error in Turn 6 and ended up in the barriers.
It was a disappointing end to the weekend for the Venezuelan, especially given he had sixth place in the bag.
“The car looked good today,” said the Williams driver. “Our pace was quick and consistent and we were looking competitive right up until the moment I had on the last lap, which is very important.
"Unfortunately, I just lost the back of the car while pushing Alonso and I had nowhere to go.”
Team-mate Bruno Senna meanwhile also had a difficult afternoon and his race was compromised early on after an unscheduled pitstop following a first corner collision with Daniel Ricciardo. He later retired on lap 53, after making contact with fellow Brazilian Felipe Massa, but was still classified in 16th.
“I had a great start, but I tried to take the outside line at the first corner and I felt someone make contact with me. I then had to do an extra pit stop which made things difficult,” Senna stated. “My race was looking better but then I had a tangle with Massa so luck wasn't on our side today.
"That's racing though, and we now look forward to making up for it in Malaysia next weekend.”
“Whilst the end result was disappointing for the team, we are all very pleased with the significant performance improvement of the FW34, with the car showing both good qualifying and race pace,” summarised Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan.
“We will now regroup and look forward to delivering a strong performance in Malaysia next weekend."