Up until the final lap of the Australian GP, Williams
looked set to score more points that in the whole of 2011.
Instead the former world champion team only head to Sepang confident they can emulate their Australian pace rather than having a handful of points already at their disposal after Pastor Maldonado's retirement on the final lap at Albert Park.
The heads at Williams
certainly haven't dropped as the Grove based team finally have an apparent points scoring package underneath them.
Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan echoes the feeling within his team and intends to translate their pace into points.
“The whole team are really buzzing after the good pace shown in both qualifying and in the race in Melbourne,” said Gillan. “We are now eager to capitalise on this performance and convert it into points in Malaysia.”
Gillan reveals their FW-34 will remain relatively unchanged from Melbourne, but with the Malaysian humidity in mind, the car will yield a higher level in cooling.
“Aerodynamically we shall be running a similar package to that in Australia,” he said, “but will probably have to open up the cooling levels to allow for the increase in ambient temperature.”
Bruno Senna, despite showing the FW34's promising pace, endured a troubled race at Melbourne, following a number of tangles which finally forced his retirement thanks to a collision with countryman Felipe Massa.
Senna calls for his team to continue their rate of progression this weekend along with highlighting the importance of maximizing not only himself but his car in the challenging Malaysian conditions.
“It is a very tough track, very physical and the heat is a big issue in Malaysia,” said Senna. “It will be important to get acclimatised to the heat ahead of the weekend and get a good car set-up for these conditions.
“We will then try to chip away and continue what we learnt in Australia. I've been to Sepang before so I know the track, and I'm looking forward to the race weekend.”