F1 » 23 April 2013
Maldonado expects Williams to step forward in Barclonea
Pastor Maldonado looking forward to Barcelona, hopeful Williams can progress after difficult start to 2013
Pastor Maldonado has said he expects Williams to make a 'step forward' at the F1 2013 Spanish Grand Prix next month.
The Grove-based outfit had another weekend to forget in Bahrain, although the Venezuelan did fight his way through the field to eventually finish eleventh, just one spot off a place in the points.
It was a good run, especially after he only qualified 17th, and Maldonado felt he had got the most out of the underperforming FW35.
“Considering the problems we have been having, I think we got 100 per cent out of the car,” Maldonado confirmed.
“We put everything together today, working well as a team and managing the tyres, and eleventh was the maximum we could have achieved.
“We are really looking forward to the next race now where we should see a step forward. We must stay together and positive. It's a difficult time, but we still have many races to go,” he added.
Team-mate Valtteri Bottas meanwhile brought the sister car home in 14th place, slipping back after a few pit stop issues.
“The race was really dominated by the rear tyres today. In the first two stints I was fighting with a lot of cars so it was difficult to look after the tyres and manage the pace. The last two stints were better as I had more clean air and managed to make up some ground on the cars ahead. We now need to keep on working to get some updates to help us in coming races,” he stated.
“Having seen our pace on Friday, we were expecting a better race performance than what we showed in qualifying, and that is what happened,” Williams technical director, Mike Coughlan chipped in.
“We planned three pitstops with both cars and our strategy worked as we had hoped. We nearly got into the points, and although some cars ahead had problems, we were still pushing to the chequered flag.
“Both cars would likely have been fighting each other again at the end, but Valtteri lost some time due to a problem during his pitstops. We now need to continue improving the car performance for the next races,” Coughlan summed-up.
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