Pastor Maldonado equalled Williams’s best result of the season as he finished the Bahrain Grand Prix in eleventh place.
Both Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas stopped three times, with Williams splitting tyre strategies.
“Considering the problems we have been having, I think we got 100% out of the car today,” said Maldonado, who started on the option tyres.
“We put everything together today, working well as a team and managing the tyres, and 11th was the maximum we could have achieved. We are really looking forward to the next race where we should see a step forward. We must stay together and positive. It’s a difficult time, but we still have many races to go.”
Bottas started the race on the prime tyre, encountering traffic and a pit stop issue on his way to fourteenth.
“The race was really dominated by the rear tyres today. In the first two stints I was fighting with a lot of cars so it was difficult to look after the tyres and manage the pace. The last two stints were better as I had more clean air and managed to make up some ground on the cars ahead. We now need to keep on working to get some updates to help us in coming races.”