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Williams eager to score in Valencia

Williams aims to fight back into the points in Spain after tough run of form
Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan says the Grove-based outfit is eager to try and pick up strong points when F1 returns to Europe this weekend in Valencia.

Since winning in Barcelona thanks to Pastor Maldonado, Williams has managed just a single point from the races in Monaco and Canada, meaning it has slipped behind Sauber in the title race.

On the return to Spanish soil, Gillan said he was hopeful of a return to the points this weekend, with the target being to get both cars into the top ten.

“Following the last two sets of race results we are keen to continue to demonstrate our team's improvement and ensure both cars come home in the points,” he said. “Valencia proves a difficult track for both driver and car and with the expected large track evolution throughout the weekend tyre management will once more be crucial.

“Pirelli bring the medium and soft compounds to this race, a pairing that was last used in Bahrain. The track layout places a lot of stress on the braking system and the high ambient temperatures, coupled with a lower than average mean speed, forces one to open up the cooling package.”

With Maldonado having won on his last appearance in Spain, the Venezuelan said he was hopeful of a result that matched the potential of the team.

“Valencia is a challenge for the drivers because it combines a street circuit that's used by regular road cars throughout the year with sections of regular race track so it can be tricky to achieve the ideal set up,” he said. “The layout is quite quick with some long straights but there are also some slow corners so finding the right balance will be crucial to doing well.

“We're constantly developing the car and it is showing good long run consistency at the moment and hopefully we can improve on the last couple races and pick up some good points.”

Team-mate Bruno Senna meanwhile said the team was eager to improve on recent results after a tough run of form.

“Street circuits are always challenging for a driver and Valencia is certainly no different, requiring decent straight line speed combined with an efficient braking system to cope with the heavy braking areas,” he said. “Our pace in Canada was not really reflective of the cars potential, but we've been working hard to understand the reasons why and hopefully we can put that behind us and gain a stronger result here.”



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