A call to the weighbridge during Q2 hindered Pastor Maldonado and Williams’ hopes of a competitive qualifying result, which eventually saw the Venezuelan driver eliminated from proceedings way down in 15th place. Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas was unable to even progress out of Q1, after only managing a dismal 18th.
In glistening sunshine over the Autodromo di Monza, Williams suffered yet another uncompetitive qualifying performance for the Italian Grand Prix. Whereas Valtteri Bottas struggled during the opening segment of the session and was eliminated along with Esteban Gutierrez, the Caterhams and the Marussias, Pastor Maldonado’s hopes of progressing to the top ten shootout were dashed when he was called into the weighbridge during Q2. This prevented the Grove-based outfit from running their planned amount of laps, and saw Pastor Maldonado eliminated from proceedings down in 15th position along with surprising names such as Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.
“We were penalized when we were stopped at the weighbridge during Q2 which meant we weren’t able to complete the extra laps we had planned.” Explained Pastor Maldonado, who had produced impressive lap times in final practice. “Realistically we could have been nearer to the top ten. Even during qualifying the car still felt quite good but unfortunately that was all we could do today.”
Earlier in the session Valtteri Bottas was eliminated from proceedings after only the opening segment of qualifying, after the Finnish driver was unable to rise out of the drop zone along with fellow rookie Esteban Gutierrez. They were joined by the familiar faces at Caterham and Marussia, however Bottas was adamant his lap felt faster than it actually was. Despite yet another disappointing result for the former GP3 Champion, he is remaining positive ahead of the race. With rain a possibility, a competitive result is certainly a possibility should the inclement weather materialize.
“On my fastest laps on the option tyre in qualifying I had a good clean lap with no mistakes which I really thought would be enough to get through to Q2, but the lap time wasn’t there.” Said Valtteri Bottas, “We need to look at the data tonight because it felt much better than what the time showed. Our race pace looks good for tomorrow and there’s plenty of opportunities to overtake so I still think that we can have a good race.”
Once again Williams will find themselves locked in the sport’s grueling midfield section during tomorrow’s 53-lap race, along with the likes of Force India and Lotus. Although both drivers are confident on their race pace, the interruption of rain will unquestionably be welcomed by the outfit.
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