Pastor Maldonado has admitted that Williams still have plenty of work to do in order to close the gap on the cars up ahead. He revealed that it “wasn’t a great day” for him in the car and that improvements are needed.
Speaking in a team statement after Friday practice – where he finished 15th and 18th in FP1 and FP2 – he said: “It wasn’t a great day for us but the feeling in the car was better during FP1 than the previous race. We were trying different set-ups and rear wings across both cars, but we still need more speed to close the gap to the cars ahead. I like this circuit and the track conditions were improving every lap. We need to analyse what we found today to make further changes to improve for tomorrow.”
Meanwhile team-mate Valtteri Bottas felt more positive and admitted that the gap between the cars around them hasn’t changed. Speaking about his two sessions, the Finn said: “We were running some mechanical tests in the car today and we got some good data in terms of looking at how the car set-up should be for the weekend. The temperatures will be a bit warmer on Saturday and Sunday, so we need to make the most out of the tyres on both days. The gap between our car and the others hasn’t changed much but we’ll do our best with what we have to see if we can find something more for tomorrow.”
Bottas finished 17th and 16th in FP1 and FP2 for the German Grand Prix. Technical Director Mike Coughlan said after Friday practice: “We are making progress and everything we are working on is showing that we are making steps in the right direction.”
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