The Italian Grand Prix has failed to mark an upturn in Williams’ fortunes as Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas struggled to finish fourteenth and fifteenth respectively.
The team – which has nine constructors’ championships to its name – has scored just one point so far this season thanks to Maldonado’s tenth-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, making this their worst ever start to a championship. Despite the Venezuelan driver running well during practice earlier this weekend, Maldonado felt that the car simply wasn’t quick enough in the race.
“It was a poor race for us from the beginning because of losing a couple of positions at the start which were then hard to recover,” he explained. “There was little pace from the car, I think we did quite well on the strategy but whatever we did today it was not enough to recover places. It was a disappointing race but I am looking forward to the next one.”
For Valtteri Bottas, the weekend went to plan despite the poor pace of the car.
“I maintained my position at the start but from the first few laps I couldn’t really challenge any of the cars ahead as we just didn’t have the race pace today,” the Finn said. “It was good that we were able to do our planned one-stop, but most of the others did this as well. I’m now looking forward to Singapore; it’s a new track for me so I hope we can do better there.”
Williams will be hoping to bounce back at the only night race on the calendar in Singapore, where Pastor Maldonado qualified on the front row in 2012. However, a repeat performance is unlikely given that the team has mustered just one appearance in Q3 so far this season.