April 8th, 2013 (F1plus).- The Grove” based has had a rough start of the season. A promising winter fueled high hopes relying on a bold machine, the FW-35, but those are now behind as the team has clearly struggled to find its fair pace.
The signs of unforeseen problems are obvious as the team is aiming for a big upgrade for the Spanish GP and not any of the next to rounds in China and Bahrain.
“After a difficult two races we’ve been back at the factory going through the data to try to understand where we need to improve.
“Ultimately we are looking at a significant upgrade for the Spanish Grand Prix.” Said Mike Coughlan, Williams Technical Director.
Still, optimism seems to be on the air as he believes “ambient condition will be kinder” and that cooler temperatures are more “favorable” to the car and driver as well.
Someone must be really hungry inside Williams garage, and that is Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan has had two retirements and has not looked particularly good handling the driving duties in his FW35.
Nevertheless, Maldonado seems to be focused on the new challenge that the Shanghai circuit entails, the balanced mix of slow corners and straights (specially the back one).
“This can be quite an unpredictable race and the weather conditions are a particular challenge.
“Another challenge is the strategy as there are a few difficult decisions the engineers face when deciding what type of race to run here.”
Rookie Valttery Bottas, also cautious about the new race, believes the FW35 has more than what it is showing, but understands the complexities of finding the right setting at Shanghai, which is in his own words: “not as hot and humid (as Sepnag), and the weather can be variable so you need a car that works well in different conditions.”
“Getting the tyres to work will be the biggest challenge facing all of the teams, as the temperatures are often low and the smooth track surface is quite different to what we saw in the first two races.
“I was unlucky not to score my first points in the last race and whilst we aren’t quite where we feel we should be, the team has been working hard to understand the car and bring a package to this race that’s a step forward in performance.” He added.