The Williams Formula One team are yet to open their account in the 2013 season after failing to score a single point for the third race in succession.
Despite this, it was another positive race for the team’s Finnish rookie, Valtteri Bottas, as he lead home his more experienced team mate Pastor Maldonado to record a thirteenth place.
“The team did a good job with the strategy today and we made the most out of what we had. I think it was the best race I have done this season but we need to find more pace to get closer to the front. I knew it was going to be close with Pastor at the end, so I was pushing hard in my final stint on the medium tyres. I was then right behind him on the faster option tyres and so able to make a move on the penultimate lap. It was a nice end to the race but we still need to improve so we can race for points,” he said afterwards.
Maldonado meanwhile, was left frustrated by the race performance of his car at the Shanghai circuit.
“It was a difficult race from the beginning. We lost a lot of time on the option tyres in the first stint and we just didn’t have the pace. We didn’t have a chance to fight for any higher positions and we know we are still far away from where we want to be, but we will keep our focus on improving,” he said.
“We planned to do three stops with both cars today but decided to run one car on the option to start and one to finish, as our main race tyre was the prime medium tyre. We knew that both strategies, if the drivers weren’t caught in traffic, would be very similar as seen by ours cars finishing just 1.6 seconds apart at the end,” Mike Coughlan, the team’s technical director, added.
“The option tyres were much quicker at the end so Valtteri made a clean move to finish ahead. We got the maximum we could out of the FW35 today, but we know we still need to find more performance, and we will be focusing on this for the next few races.”