Pastor Maldonado believes that his fifteenth place in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix is a true reflection of Williams’s pace.
Maldonado made it through to Q2 but couldn’t progress any further.
“I got everything I could out of the car today,” said Maldonado.
“I was hoping for a better result but we couldn’t quite put it all together in Q2. It’s not where we want to be so we need to work very hard. We’ve been working hard already but we need time to turn things around.”
Team-mate Valtteri Bottas made an error at Turn 1 and will start from seventeenth.
“With only one lap to get everything right it was quite a difficult situation. The wind conditions made it tricky to get the perfect lap as I was trying to push hard and it’s a new experience for me to have to put everything together in just one lap,” said Bottas.
Maldonado nonetheless reckons Williams has a chance in tomorrow’s race.
“We have a good amount of new tyres for tomorrow and the tyres are very sensitive here, so that could make the race very interesting. Anything can happen tomorrow and we will do our very best.”