Contrasts down at Williams

By on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Photo Credit: Williams F1 Team

It was a night of conflicting emotions at Williams as Pastor Maldonado qualified on the front row while Bruno Senna hit the wall during Q2.

Maldonado hasn't scored a point since his sensational victory in Spain but is confident of a good race.

"We’ve been working really hard as at the beginning of the weekend we were struggling for pace. We continued improving throughout qualifying and we found a good balance in the car", said the Venezuelan driver.

"I then had to put together a good lap in Q3 and I knew we could be right up at the front. I’m really looking forward to the race as we’ve shown consistently good pace on our longer runs throughout practice. We have all the tools to be competitive tomorrow, so it should be a good race for us".

Senna hit the wall for the third time this weekend in Q2, the last of which proved terminal to his qualifying hopes.

"I was pushing very hard to get a good lap but I pushed a little over the edge. This place isn’t very forgiving so we broke the rear suspension. Unfortunately that brought an early end to qualifying but we now we need to focus on tomorrow", he said.

Senna, whose place at the team is under threat for 2013 from Valtteri Bottas, looked to the advantage of having an extra set of tyres.

"We have extra sets of new tyres now which I think everyone is going to need. We have a good car and it’s a long race. It isn’t easy to overtake here but we’ve raced from the back before. I’m going to need to push really hard to get some points out the race tomorrow"

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