Williams' woes continued at the Korean Grand Prix as their drivers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna spent most of the race battling each other, before finishing fourteenth and fifteenth respectively.
The South American duo had both moved up from their grid positions by the chequered flag, however neither threatened the top ten as the team continue to fall away from their rivals in both points and performance as F1 2012 nears its conclusion.
Maldonado bemoaned a lack of pace on full tanks and hard tyres, which saw the pairing passed by both Toro Rosso drivers among others, a representation of the team's lack of performance relative to a rival who they have comfortably bettered for much of the season.
“At the beginning of the race, we were too hard on the front tyres which meant that we couldn't go as fast as we would have liked," he said. "After the pitstop things were better and we were able to do 30 laps on that set of tyres. Overall, we were not fast enough this weekend, so we need to work out why and try to improve for the next race.”
Senna, meanwhile, insisted that he had given as good as he got, and that an all-round lack of pace was to blame for their failure to challenge for points.
“It was a frustrating race for me because I didn't make many mistakes this weekend which makes it all the more disappointing to finish where we did," he said. "We need to work hard on the issues we've been having because the grid is very close. We will keep pushing and if we have a weekend where we get everything together, we can be in the points again. Hopefully next weekend will be one of those.“
Chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan, believes that the team on the pitwall did all it could to try and change the result, with Maldonado on a one stop and Senna on a two stop. It was to no avail, and he concluded that improvements are necessary ahead of the next race in India.
“We split strategies today with both cars having clean races, but ultimately our pace was simply not strong enough and we ended up with Pastor in 14th and Bruno right behind in 15th," he said. "We now need to regroup and sort out a few performance inconsistency issues on the car ahead of the next race in India.”
by Philip Barclay