Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado have both praised the team for making a step forward despite failing to score for the ninth race in a row in 2013.
The team, celebrating its 600th grand prix this weekend, saw its drivers get into the top ten thanks to an alternative strategy, yet both cars came unstuck late on in the race to crawl home in 15th and 16th place, with Maldonado suffering from an issue in the pits.
“It was a good race for us today as we put everything together and we were on for some points,” Maldonado said in a team statement. “It’s disappointing to finish where we did today after the problem with the pitstops but we have to look at the positives and move forward from this.”
Bottas was similarly disappointed not to score, although he does believe that the team has improved its race pace.
“We didn’t get a good start today as we had a few problems getting away from the line,” Bottas explained. “We also lost some time in both pitstops so we need to work out what happened there. The race pace was better than we had seen previously this weekend which meant that we could have been challenging for points, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”
Williams are currently enduring their worst ever start to a Formula One season, failing to score in any of the opening nine races and currently sitting 9th in the constructors’ championship, level on points with Caterham and Marussia.