Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan has said that he expects the Grove-based team to continue fighting for points in the second half of the F1 season after lauding Bruno Senna's strongest performance of the year in Hungary.
Although team-mate Pastor Maldonado
failed to capitalise on a top ten start after a poor getaway and later penalty, Senna ran with the likes of Jenson Button
and Mark Webber
through the middle of the race before eventually coming home in seventh place, narrowly missing out on equalling his best F1 result, secured in Malaysia earlier in 2012.
"Bruno did an excellent job and this was the strongest that he has been for Williams," Gillan reflected after the team stretched its constructors' championship advantage over nearest rival Force India, "He was clearly happy and confident within the car and we look forward to seeing Bruno build on this performance going forward into the latter half of the season.
"Both cars were competitive throughout the weekend, in all conditions, and it was very pleasing to have the two drivers competing in Q3 for the first time this season. We will continue to push the development of the FW34 throughout the season, aiming to consistently get the cars into Q3 and then to build on this with regular points finishes for both drivers. We expect to be strong in all of the forthcoming races and look forward to the tightly-packed nine remaining races."
Maldonado's disappointing result was his ninth non-score in eleven races, although he continues to lead Senna in the standings courtesy of that win in the Spanish Grand Prix. Gillan may have been frustrated with the Venezuelan, but did not show it as he chose to focus on looking forward.
"As usual, Pastor was strong in qualifying and, despite a poor race start, which was due to excessive wheel spin, he pushed hard throughout the race, ultimately finishing out of the points in P13 following his drive through penalty," he noted, "One of Pastor's key strengths is his mental toughness and he has already 'moved on' and is preparing diligently for the remaining races."