Maldonado encouraged by improvements

By on Sunday, October 27, 2013
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

Pastor Maldondo says he is encouraged by Williams's performance during the Indian Grand Prix.

Maldonado, who has scored just a single point all season, finished the race just a couple of seconds outside of the points in 12th.

"This was a better weekend for us, with the car showing better race pace which is encouraging," he said.

"I had another strong start and made up a good number of places on the first lap. I was fighting hard at the end of the race to try and get us in to the top 10 but unfortunately we didn't quite make it today. We can take positives from this weekend and I feel we are getting closer to the points so hopefully we can score some more in the final three races."

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas was 16th and lamented his misfortune.

"The first lap was very slippery for me and I was sliding a lot more than other cars and lost some positions, but my pace in the first stint was getting better and I was getting more and more grip from the tyres," he said.

"However I had a radio failure which meant my first pitstop was later than planned and I lost track position, and in the second stint I was fighting closely with a lot of other cars and that traffic cost us a bit of time."

"Our race pace was stronger than in the last few races and I felt that I was on the right strategy, but the lack of running in free air meant that I wasn't able to capitalise on this and challenge for points."

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