Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas both admit there is room for improvement with their car if they are to avoid another Q1 exit in Hungary. The pair were thirteenth and eighteenth respectively in practice today and Maldonado doesn’t feel the FW35 is optimised yet for the hot conditions.
“It wasn’t a bad day for us as our performance looked better than at previous events compared to the times posted today. We still need to work on the balance as the feeling is similar, but we will analyse the data and try to close the gap for tomorrow. The heat is going to be a big factor this weekend for all teams.”
Bottas was hindered by traffic on his option tyre run, leaving him in such a lowly position, but the Finn doesn’t think he has his car set up to his liking yet either.
“We did some good mechanical tests during the first practice session and we now need to look at the second session data to see how we can get more out of the car as the track improves and on the option tyre. The lap times could have been better but I had some traffic. We still need to find a good balance with the car to try to improve for tomorrow.”