The Williams duo of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas have remained positive after another tough race for the Grove-based outfit around the Bahrain International Circuit, which saw them just narrowly miss out on scoring their first points of the year. The duo split their strategy once again, and remain optimistic ahead of the next race in Spain.
After nearly a whole year since Pastor Maldonado stormed to his maiden victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, it seems Williams have returned to square one towards the back of the field. Many throughout the paddock expected Williams to continue with their competitiveness this season, especially with the strong pairing of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas. However, the duo have struggled with an exceptionally uncompetitive machine and have so far been unable to finish within the points.
Although the Grove-based outfit managed to display a strong race pace during the 57-lap Bahrain Grand Prix, it was once again a frustrating outing for their two drivers. Valtteri Bottas suffered a scrappy race, after a minor collision with Jean-Eric Vergne throughout the opening stages of the race. The Finn then struggled with his rear tyres, as Pastor Maldonado extracted every ounce of pace from his FW35 machine to finish 11th, a whole 19 seconds away from scoring his and the teams first points of the new season.
“Considering the problems we have been having, I think we got 100% out of the car today.” Explained Pastor Maldonado, “We put everything together today, working well as a team and managing the tyres, and 11th was the maximum we could have achieved. We are really looking forward to the next race where we should see a step forward. We must stay together and positive. It’s a difficult time, but we still have many races to go.”
The team’s first major upgrades are scheduled to be introduced next time out at the Spanish Grand Prix, a race Pastor Maldonado won last season ahead of Fernando Alonso. Although it looks highly unlikely that the Venezuelan driver will repeat such successes this season, he and team-mate Valtteri Bottas will be aiming to finish within the points as they strive to rediscover their form which seems to have been lost over the winter period.
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