24 September 2012
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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