Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas admit that the team faces an uphill struggle in this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, even with a new front wing.
Maldonado was seventeenth in second practice, a tenth of a second ahead of team-mate Bottas.
The Venezuelan nonetheless believes that the new front wing has aided the team’s cause.
“Our performance wasn’t up to the level we hoped for today, but hopefully we can analyse the data tonight and improve for tomorrow,” said Maldonado.
“We seem to have made a step forward with the new front wing but we need to work on the car as a whole to look at all areas. As always we will do our best and try to get the maximum out of the car.”
Bottas did not trial the front wing and had difficulties with the car mid-corner.
“We did quite a few tests with the car today, both mechanical and aerodynamic,” he said.
“We still have quite a bit of work to do with the car balance as we are struggling with the front end, particularly in the mid-corner. We need to work on that, but the positive thing is that we seem to have made a step forward with the new front wing we tested on Pastor’s car, so I look forward to trying that myself.”