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Williams falter after promising start

Mark Gillan: Both drivers drove extremely well today and at one stage we were looking at a double points finish, unfortunately we suffered two failures, an extremely disappointing way to end the weekend.
The 2012 Singapore Grand Prix had promised much for Williams and, in particular, front row qualifier Pastor Maldonado, but a double retirement robbed the team of crucial points in the battle for sixth in the constructors' cup.

Despite dropping to fourth at the start, Maldonado was well placed early on, and may well have been able to take advantage of Lewis Hamilton's retirement and finish on the podium. Unfortunately, fate intervened, as did a hydraulics problem, forcing the Venezuelan to retire and ending the chance of scoring his first points since May.

“Today was difficult, the conditions were hard in the race as it was so hot and tyre degradation was high, but we were managing it well,"W he refelcted, "We lost a couple of positions on cold tyres, but then we got into a good rhythm. Our pace was looking strong, as expected, but then we had a hydraulic problem and that was the end of the race.”

Despite this disappointment, there are plenty of positives for the evidently quick Maldonado, and he remained bullish about his prospects going forward; “I'm now confident for the next race as we have the potential to be fighting for victories and I hope to have a better race in Japan.”

Maldonado's team-mate, Bruno Senna, also had a disappointing end after an eventful start, driving through from 22nd on the grid, and fighting hard for points despite battling technical gremlins through the race. He eventually stopped on the final lap.

“Considering we had a few problems, we were having a good race," the Brazilian noted, "I had a very eventful first few laps, but was able to overtake when I needed to and had good pace at the beginning.

“It's one of those races that we knew, if we could finish, we would have a good chance of scoring some points. With 16 laps to go, I lost KERS, and so it was difficult to defend towards the end, but that's racing and I'm happy with the race I did.”

by Philip Barclay




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23.09.2012 - Race, Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW34
20.09.2012 - Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW34
23.09.2012 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW34
23.09.2012 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams F1 Team FW3
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27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, crashed
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, crashed
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 leads Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
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27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T

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Dylan - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 2:09 PM

@Taz if Bruno has a car to start in 8th 9th and starts from the back and if he has a car to finish 8th or 9th and still finishes 8th or 9th I guess he's pilling up more homework for Sunday but is still is doing his homework. Maldonado was 6th or 7th when he had issues Bruno would had finished 6th or 7th had not his gear box starting failing from mid-race onwards his pace was great. Ofcourse it would be much better for Bruno starting in front but in race pace he's just a better driver than Maldonado even the lap charts for the last couple of races show that. Williams should keep both drivers for nextt year Maldonado sort out his Sunday inconcistancy and Bruno his Saturday inconcistancy. Changing any of the two drivers will be counterproductive for the team as this year both drivers have grown a lot!

Taz

September 24, 2012 2:15 PM

@Dylan Just saying what a lot of people are, it's not the team's fault he hit the wall in practice and qualifying. I'd be quite happy for him to get another year but it's not looking good for him, he seems to get involved in incidents quite a lot...probably because he's at the wrong end of the grid, I'm not comparing him with Maldonardo either....that's another story entirely.



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