The Finn out-qualified his team-mate but it was little consolation after he missed out on making it to Q2 by quite some margin. Speaking in a team statement he said: “We got the most out of the car this afternoon. Things were very close between me and Pastor, but we don’t have the pace at the moment to progress any further. The track temperatures are higher and it’s a bit windier today which meant that every tenth or hundredth counted, resulting in a very close session.”
He added: “We need to keep pushing and do what we can in the race tomorrow.”
Maldonado was similarly dejected. The Venezuelan voiced his distaste of the balance of his Williams FW35 in qualifying but the problems obviously remained. Reacting to his Q1 exit he said: “We were expecting something a bit better today, but the car is very tricky to drive on a track like this. We need to keep working hard to solve the problems we have identified with the car and move further up the grid.”
He admits that the race will be tough as the track doesn’t suit the Williams: “It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow as the slow corners do not suit our car, but we’ll do everything we can to score some points.”
His car suffered a KERS failure earlier in the day which filled the Williams garage with smoke. Thankfully it was swiftly contained and no-one was injured.
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