October 27, 2012 (F1plus Team).- It had been two races since Pastor Maldonado made it to the last round in qualifying, and it was certainly satisfying to do so at India, when the Venezuelan clocked seven best time in Q2 while running his 'hot lap' in that round.
Adding to that result, Bruno Senna who seemed like was going to make it to Q3, had to settle for 13th, but he looks stronger than what the position suggests.
Overall the Williams team seems content with today’s story and the feeling is that a point finish for both cars is very much achievable.
“Both drivers did well today with the car having the pace to get into Q3. We showed good long run pace on Friday and with further car improvements through the weekend we expect to have two strong races with both drivers fighting for points.” Said, Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer for Williams.
Maldonado ended up with the ninth best time and probably benefited from Mercedes decision not to run Nico Rosberg in the last round. Regardless, it was a good result.
The Venezuelan appeared as he was getting something better in his final lap but he locked his brakes at the very last corner, which probably cost him the time to be higher up. Nevertheless, he feels optimistic about his pace.
“I made a small mistake on the final corner of my final lap which lost me quite a lot of time so I don’t think ninth is reflective of our true pace today.
We were not as quick as we needed to be yesterday but we worked really hard to understand why and the car felt much better today.”
We’re back challenging in Q3 so there are lots of positives we can take from today’s qualifying, and our race pace seems to be competitive so I’m optimistic about my chances tomorrow. “ Maldonado Said.
Bruno Senna also looked good and at times entering Q3 was a possibility, but the Brazilian had to settle for 13th, which puts him three slots within a point finish.
Senna made a mistake with the option tyre that eventually cost him those valuable positions as the teams believes the speed was there to be within the first 10-car group.
“I made a mistake on my lap which is disappointing because I would have been in the top 10 if that hadn’t happened.“
We showed good pace in this morning’s practice and in Q1 as well as a clear improvement over the last couple of races so things are going in the right direction. We’ve been strong on our longer runs so hopefully I can make up some places tomorrow and get into the points.” Senna added.