March 17th, 2013 (F1Plus / Gabriel Polychronis)Neither Williams-Renault driver gained points in the season opening race at Melbourne, with Maldonado retiring after a driving error and Bottas finishing a lap down in fourteenth place.
It is evident that Williams have taken a step backwards since last year, however, Maldonado believes they can get amend their troubles, starting with Malaysia.
“We need to go step by step, try to get the problem and I think we will be able to do better to understand the car in Malaysia because it is a proper track.
"I am quite confident. We have good engineers, good guys, we are all working together, trying to fix it, and I think we will. We must do something, the car is not working, there is something wrong.
“I am one hundred per cent sure that next race it will be different.”
Despite a lack-lustre race, the Williams team will still be able to take away valuable telemetry from Albert Park, which they can use to help improve the car. Maldonado told F1plus.com:
“We have enough data from Jerez and winter tests and from this race weekend. So we have three different tracks, three different situations and even the data from last year. For sure you can see differences in grip and in the stability of the car and the guys are working quite good on the analysis and we are quite close to fixing the problem.”
Although Maldonado retired due to a driving error, he still felt that he would not of been able to make the points. When asked by F1plus.com what he could of done with the car if it wasn’t for his mistake, he replied:
“Not that much. Around 13 or 12 maybe. Mayber better than Guiterrez.”
Valtteri Bottas’s feelings were similar to those of Maldonado:
“The fact is, we missed pace, and today it was not possible to get points.”
Nonetheless, Bottas was able to gain many personal positives from the race weekend, including valuable race experience, which he told F1plus.com:
“It was my first Grand Prix weekend and I finished the race, which is always positive. I think in all the racing situations, it went more or less ok, so I think from my side it was quite a positive race. One lock up lost one or two positions, but I didn’t affect our finishing position much I think.”