Valtteri Bottas has been left highly frustrated after a tough 52-lap race around Silverstone, where the Grove-based outfit once again failed to score their first points of 2013. Whereas Pastor Maldonado only just missed out on scoring a point, Valtteri Bottas struggled with the handling of his Renault-powered machine.
Despite returning to their winning ways last season at the Spanish Grand Prix, Williams have since continued to struggle towards the rear of the Formula 1 pecking order. During the British Grand Prix, the outfit was hopeful of scoring their first points of the 2013 season. However, the Williams duo of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas once again finished painstakingly outside the top ten in what was a highly controversial 52-lap race.
After starting the race from 16th on the grid, former GP3 Champion Valtteri Bottas endured a tough race behind the wheel of his FW35. The Finn later explained that he struggled with the handling of his car, with the outfit also loosing time in the pits and therefore missing out on an opportunity to score points. The rookie has urged his team to make improvements all round, in preparation for the team’s 600th race next weekend in Germany.
“It wasn’t an easy race for me because the car was quite difficult to handle.” Explained a dejected Valtteri Bottas, “We didn’t have the best set-up for qualifying and the race, and we also lost some time in the pit stops, so we need to improve in all areas moving forward. Points were certainly possible today but unfortunately we just missed out.”
In contrary to Valtteri Bottas’s frustrating race, team-mate Pastor Maldonado enjoyed a relatively competitive afternoon which so nearly culminated in a handful of points for the Venezuelan. However, upon the second restart after Sebastian Vettel’s retirement the former race winner collided with the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg and subsequently lost several vital positions during the closing stages of the race. Despite the ongoing lack of points for the team, Pastor Maldonado is remaining positive within the Williams camp.
“It was a difficult race but our pace was consistent.” Explained Pastor Maldonado, who eventually finished 11th. “We weren’t quick enough but I was happy with the balance of the car and we had no problems with our tyres. I am looking forward to continuing to improve, particularly in qualifying. We were close to scoring our first point today, but before the second restart I was on the inside when Hulkenberg went off the track and he made contact with me when he rejoined, which cost me two positions.”
This season has been the most uncompetitive for the Williams outfit in their history in Formula 1, with the Grove-based outfit still without a single point in the Constructors’ Championship with eight races already completed. Naturally both Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas are extremely frustrated with their lack of pace in comparison to the remainder of the midfield, as the team’s attention turns to race 600 in Germany next weekend.
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