Williams optimistic despite disruption

By on Friday, August 31, 2012

In spite of the wet weather in Belgian, the Williams team remained upbeat on Friday.

Pastor Maldonado was battling Kamui Kobayashi for top spot in FP1, a spar that did not go unnoticed by Chief Operations Engineer, Mark Gillan, "Pastor felt that his balance in FP1, particularly at the start of the session was very good and his laptimes reflected this, being extremely competitive."

However, the Venezuelan was irritated by the inclement weather. "It was quite a frustrating day, not being able to get much running, but it’s the same for everyone and we will all just be thinking about tomorrow now. It looks like it’s going to be dry so we need to be ready for that and do the best we can"

Valtteri Bottas, who replaced Bruno Senna in first practice, was hopeful that his contribution to the weekend can be a positive one.

"It was very slippery out there today in difficult conditions. Visibility was poor when it was raining and when there were cars in front, but we still got a good amount of laps in and managed to do some practice starts from the pit box. I am continuing to learn and if it is going to rain anymore this weekend, the team have some useful data."

Senna was back in the car in the afternoon, but managed only an installation lap. "We’ve done some good technical work trying to get the car ready for tomorrow and for the race."

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