Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan says he hopes to see the team build on the pace it showed in Singapore when F1 heads to Suzuka this weekend for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Both Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna were well placed to pick up good results in Singapore before being sidelined by technical issues, leaving Williams disappointed at failing to make the most of its speed.
Having worked to resolve the issues it faced in the night race, Gillan said Williams was now confident about its chances at Suzuka, where a series of upgrades will be introduced in an effort to add to its tally.
“Suzuka is a fantastic old-style track with its trademark figure-of-eight layout that proves a tough technical test for the drivers,” Gillan said. “The circuit layout leads to very high average cornering speeds and energy input into the tyres, but it's reasonably light on the brakes.
“Following Singapore we have been working hard to ensure that the cars run as reliably as possible for the remaining races. Given the excellent pace shown at Singapore in both qualifying and the race, we expect to be strong in Suzuka and will bring further updates as part of our continuous improvement process.”
Both Maldonado and Senna are also looking forward to the race, with Senna admitting that the Grove-based team had to try and deliver on its potential.
“I'm really looking forward to the Japanese Grand Prix,” he said. “It's one of my favourite tracks of the season andit's very fast and flowing but quite narrow compared to some of the other circuits we visit. It feels amazingly quick and is one of the biggest challenges as a driver.
“It is similar to Spa-Francorchamps so it's a real drivers' track. You can get variable weather in Japan ranging from warm and sunny to rain that stops qualifying. It's always exciting though and we have a good potential to be strong there.”