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Williams unhappy but encouraged

Both drivers had to retire from the race, but the team feels they good about the car performance.
Sunday, September 23, 2012

 September 23rd, 2012 (F1plus Team).- The Williams f1 team has resons to belive that inspite of the end results of the Sinagpore Grand Prix, the FW34 looked really good and more can be expected. 

It was an unfortunate day at the end, since Pastor Maldonado who started from second and was having a good race, had to retire becuase a hydarulics problem. Then Senna ahd a similar fate later on. 

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer did not hide his frustration.

"Both drivers drove extremely well today and at one stage we were looking at a good double points finish. Unfortunately we suffered two failures that forced us to retire the cars. This is an extremely disappointing end to a promising weekend." Gillian comented. 

The venezuelan, who seemed to be in his way to a podium finish, summarized his day.

"Today was difficult. The conditions were hard in the race as it was so hot and tyre degradation was high but we were managing well. The start was ok but I ran a bit wide on cold tyres losing a couple of positions but then we got into a good rhythm. Our pace was looking strong, as we were expecting, but then we had a hydraulic problem and that was the end of our race.

I’m now confident for the next race as we have the potential to be fighting for victories and I hope to have a better race in Japan." Maldonado added in reference to having race winning car. 

Senna did not start from a prime position but rather from 22nd, but at some point he was fighting for 10th and maybe a better finish. 

"Considering we had a few problems we were having a good race. I had a very eventful first few laps but was able to overtake when I needed to and had good pace at the beginning.

It’s one of those races that we knew if we could finish we had a good chance of scoring some points but unfortunately we couldn’t. With 16 laps to go I lost KERS and so it was difficult to defend towards the end, but that’s racing." Said Senna. 

 

Senna during the Singapore GP (Andrew Ferraro / LAT Photo)

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