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Williams: 'Not enough pace' to challenge for points
9 September 2013
Neither Pastor Maldonado nor Valtteri Bottas did much to trouble the TV cameramen on Sunday at Monza, with neither driver able to make any impression on their rivals ahead while at the same time never seriously under pressure from the Caterham and Marussia cars behind them.
"It was a poor race for us from the beginning because of losing a couple of positions at the start which were then hard to recover," said Maldonado, who both started and finished in 14th place in Monza.
"There was little pace from the car," he added. "I think we did quite well on the strategy but whatever we did today it was not enough to recover places. It was a disappointing race but I am looking forward to the next one."
Bottas had slightly more success after starting from 18th on the grid. "I maintained my position at the start but from the first few laps I couldn't really challenge any of the cars ahead as we just didn't have the race pace today.
"It was good that we were able to do our planned one-stop, but most of the others did this as well," he said, after going to to finish in 15th place just behind his team mate. "I'm now looking forward to Singapore; it's a new track for me so I hope we can do better there."
The team's chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar admitted that while the team had made the right strategy calls with regard to tyre selection and forecasting the weather, the car itself simply wasn't up to anything more on Sunday.
"Our strategy and tyre management went as planned but we just didn't have enough pace to challenge the cars in front," he said. "We now go from a circuit with the lowest downforce level to one with the highest downforce level in Singapore, so it's a completely different challenge and we hope to perform better there."
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