The Williams team management have some hot tempers to sooth in Suzuka this evening, after a last lap overtaking move by Pastor Maldonado on his team mate left Valtteri Bottas fuming after the Japanese Grand Prix.

"There was no space on the track, it was not fair," said Bottas of Maldonado's late pass at the Casio Triangle. "If I hadn't gone straight on we'd have crashed. Racing shouldn't be like that."

Maldonado ended up claiming 16th place at the chequered flag, while Bottas survived the incident to cross the line just behind in 17th.

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"I got the position, I was faster than him," said Maldonado afterwards. "It was pleasing to be able to make a move on the last lap to gain a position over my teammate."

Of course, there were no points involved, only pride: "It's not making any big difference but when you are a racer you always want to take a position from the others."

It was a rare bright spot for Maldonado on Sunday in what was otherwise a hard day' work. "I felt we got the strategy slightly wrong today and we were struggling with the pace a bit, but we did manage to get 100 per cent out of the car."

The stewards appeared to agree with the Venezuelan over his clash with Bottas, deciding that there was nothing in the incident to investigate after the race and that Bottas should have backed off after Maldonado won the corner.

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams also remained carefully neutral over the matter, although she said that it would be reviewed by the team as a normal part of the post-race process.

Maldonado had earlier been sharper in his criticism of the team's race strategy, dubbing it "completely wrong," leaving many to wonder whether he's on his way out of the Grove-based team at the end of the season amidst reports that Williams herself has been in Venezuela to discuss the future of the team's financial backing from national oil company PDVSA, worth a reported ?30 million a year.

By contrast Bottas wasn't publicly critical of the team's decision to put him on the same two-stop strategy as Maldonado, even though it was no more successful for him on the day.

"At the beginning of the race we didn't look too bad and managed to keep some cars behind us" he said. "At the end of the second stint and into the third stint our pace seemed to drop off and we weren't able to keep our positions. As the tyres wore out at the end we did struggle a bit, so unfortunately we couldn't fight anymore."

"We were racing the Toro Rossos and the Force Indias and aiming for a two-stop strategy," explained chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar. "We stuck to strategy but needed to be more aggressive in the second stint to keep them behind so in the end we weren't able to hold them off. Ultimately our pace wasn't good enough.

"This circuit is hard on tyres and our tyre life was on the limit so we couldn't pit any earlier than we did otherwise we risked not making it to the end of the race," he continued. "Valtteri and Pastor therefore ended up racing each other, and after Valtteri had been ahead for the majority of the race, Pastor found a way through in the final chicane of the last lap."