“We were expecting to be a bit closer to the top ten today, but we were struggling to put everything together in the car for one lap,” Pastor Maldonado explained.
“Hopefully tomorrow we can work on our race pace and fight with the teams around us to move up a few positions. We need to keep improving as a team because we’re not where we want to be still, but race by race we are aiming to close the gap.”
The Venezuelan driver out qualified his teammate during Q1 to make it through into Q2. Valtteri Bottas will start Williams’ 600 race seventeenth, right behind Maldonado. “We were unlucky to miss out on Q2 today as I was very close to my teammate and we could have both made it through,”
“There are always things you can do better during a lap but we didn’t have the pace to be in the top ten today so we need to do everything we can to get closer. We will look at our strategy going into tomorrow and try to maximize our potential for the race,” Bottas added.