Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan has admitted that Korean Grand Prix was the most disappointing of the season for the Grove-based team.
Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna trailed in 14th and 15th having struggled to show the kind of pace required to break into the top ten.
Speaking in his usual post-race debrief, Gillan admitted that the team simply hadn't been fast enough over the Yeongam weekend and said measures were already being put in place to make sure there was no repeat.
“We were simply not quick enough this weekend with both drivers hampered by inconsistent car handling issues,” he said. “This has probably been our most disappointing race of the season in that both cars had decent race starts and had no contact issues during the race but we were clearly too far off the pace to challenge for points.
“We do understand why we struggled this weekend and need to address the
balance consistency problem that hampered the drivers' performance.”
Gillan also confirmed that the two drivers hadn't been helped by the fact they had picked up debris in their front wings over the course of the race which had affected performance.
“Both front wings had a lot of tyre debris excrescence after the race and this hampers their performance,” he said. “During the race Bruno also picked up some debris in the front wing which was once again likely to be tyre marbles, but thankfully it cleared itself prior to the pitstop.”
The team will now head to India for the next round of the season, with Gillan hopeful of a return to the points.
“Logistically it's a difficult race as almost all of our equipment goes direct from Korea to Delhi and then onto Abu Dhabi, so getting new parts to the track can be problematic,” he said. “Our initial simulations of Delhi prior to turning up there last year were very accurate and we expect to be fighting once more for points.”