Having endured their worst ever start to a Formula One season, Williams have finally attained some success by scoring their first point of 2013 at today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado crossed the line in 10th place to pick up a solitary point that puts the team on the scoreboard for 2013 with the Venezuelan taking advantage of others’ misfortune to move into the points with just five laps remaining.
Maldonado had been battling with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg during the race but the German driver was forced to take a drive-through penalty after speeding in the pit lane during a stop. Then, with just five laps remaining, Nico Rosberg suffered from an engine failure whilst running in 9th position, elevating Maldonado into the top ten to pick up a point.
Valtteri Bottas was not as fortunate as his teammate, retiring from the race due to a hydraulics failure on lap 43 of the race. Regardless, the team will be delighted to get off the mark after such a disappointing start to the season.
“For me, it’s special. We did a great race starting from 15th. We are improving every time,” Maldonado told Sky Sports after the race.
Despite this result, Williams are still 52 points behind the total they had at this point last season.