Detached wheel and crash hinder Maldonado

By on Friday, October 11, 2013
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado endured a 'frustrating' day of practice ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

Maldonado lost a wheel during first practice and had to sit out the rest of the session.

Early on in the second session, Maldonado crashed out at Degner curve.

"It was a frustrating day today as I didn't get the amount of time on track that I would have liked," he said.

"My FP1 session ended early after a problem with my left-rear tyre, and at the beginning of FP2 I was struggling for grip and lost the back end of the car and went off the circuit which ended my running."

"Tomorrow is another day though and FP3 will give us a chance to improve the set-up based on what we learnt today and get some low fuel running in to optimise our car for qualifying, which will be important as overtaking here can be difficult."

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas enjoyed a smoother day of running but does not believe that the team has made huge improvements.

"There are still some balance issues with the car and the strong winds today made it feel more inconsistent," said Bottas.

"We are struggling to get the most out of the soft tyres when the track conditions are improving, and relative to the other cars I would say that our pace is similar to where we were in Korea. Nevertheless I managed to get a good number of laps in today, more than any other driver, so we have a lot of data available to us to try and improve the car's performance and find a few extra tenths ahead of qualifying."

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