Gillan left wanting more

By on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Williams Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan has said that the Grove based team was hoping for more from the Italian Grand Prix.

Bruno Senna picked up a point courtesy of tenth place as the team spent the bulk of the 53 lap encounter on the fringes of the top ten.

"Overall our ultimate pace was not quite as strong as we have seen in some races but it was good to see both drivers pushing hard throughout the race", he said.

Gillan also confirmed that Williams, like other teams, suffered from excessive tyre wear on the inside shoulder of the Pirellis.

"Our inner shoulder wear was higher than expected during the weekend but we were able to manage it during the race", he said.

Gillan lamented misfortune that befell both Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna.

"Without the tyre wear limitation a one-stop strategy is quicker around Monza, but Pastor also picked up a slow puncture during the first stint of the race which limited what we could do strategy wise with him."

"Bruno lost quite a lot of time during the incident [with Paul di Resta] and as tyre management was crucial in the race this sort of track excursion was not good news and can impact lap times throughout a stint."

With 2012 proving a far more prosperous season than 2011, Gillan admitted that the team is disappointed not to leave a race without a haul of points.

"We turn up to each race expecting to score points and are disappointed if we are unsuccessful.  Singapore is a long hard race and the start of the seven fly-away races that end the season - the whole team are looking forward to the race and are keen to deliver a good result."


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