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Williams: FW35 'has potential'

Chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar insists that the Williams FW35 has potential despite failure to score again in Spain
Williams insists that there is potential to unlock in the new FW35 despite a tough start to the European F1 season in Barcelona.

The Grove-based team headed into the Spanish Grand Prix seeking to open its account for the season with a series of upgrades being introduced onto the car on back of a pointless run in the four flyaway races that kick-started the 2013 campaign.

Despite those upgrades however, both Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas failed to make it past the first stage of qualifying and could only finish a lap down in 14th and 16th positions – just twelve months after Maldonado carried the team to victory at the same circuit.

It means there is plenty of work still to be done as Williams seeks to turn its fortunes around, although chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar insisted that there was potential in the car and that the team couldn't give up fighting.

"I think there is potential," he told ESPN. "I mean, if you look at the people at the front there is quite a big gap, but there is an intermediate group that we think we can make progress and gain positions. There's definitely potential with the car, it's just that we need to now try to move a bit faster.

"At the moment it's still possible, and we cannot give up now. What we've done now is the fifth race and races are going fast, but we need to try to improve. We cannot say 'Oh, we'll give up now', there's a long way to go and we don't want to stay in these positions until the end of the year, we want to make progress."

Marussia and Caterham are the only other teams still to score this season.

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20.11.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.11.2014 - Finbarr O`Connell, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team CT-04
20.11.2014 - (L)Finbarr O`Connell, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team CT-04
20.11.2014 - Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
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