Valtteri Bottas has expressed satisfaction after eventually finishing the incident-filled Monaco Grand Prix, which included numerous safety car appearances and a red flag delay caused when team-mate Pastor Maldonado collided with Max Chilton. Once again the Grove-based outfit were unable to secure their first points of the season.
After a topsy-turvy qualifying session in the damp conditions around the Monte-Carlo street circuit, the Williams duo were optimistic for the 78-lap race that they would be able to eventually score the team’s first points of the season. However, Pastor Maldonado suffered a tricky opening lap after a collision with the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde, leaving Valtteri Bottas as the team’s only true hope of points in the race.
On Lap 45 Pastor Maldonado was involved in a huge incident with the Marussia of Max Chilton, which saw the Venezuelan driver launched into the retaining barrier and the race momentarily red flagged. Luckily Pastor Maldonado was uninjured in the heavy impact, which utterly destroyed the 28-year-old’s FW35 machine. Once the race was resumed Valtteri Bottas battled hard to secure Williams their first points of the season, however such a feat was ultimately unachievable for the Finn who was eventually pleased to finish the crazy 78-lap race.
“It was difficult to overtake in the race today and even though sometimes we felt like we had the pace, we couldn’t make the moves we wanted.” Explained Valtteri Bottas, “There was a lot of action in an eventful race so I was happy to bring the car home. We need to keep pushing because Montreal will be a track that is easier to overtake, so we need to ensure we have the speed to attack and defend.”
Overall Pastor Maldonado was naturally disappointed with his premature retirement from the Monaco Grand Prix, and is already looking ahead to the Canadian Grand Prix in several weeks time. After a relatively competitive 2012 season, Williams have since endured a frustrating start to the new season. Various upgrades have since been introduced to the team’s FW35 machine, and they will understandably be heading to the Circuit du Gilles Villeneuve intent on continuing to improve within the midfield.
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