Bittersweet qualifying for Williams F1

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It was a day of mixed emotions for Williams F1 as Pastor Maldonado placed the team in second position for the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday but Bruno Senna ended his qualifying chance by hitting the wal…for a third time. Senna struggled during qualifying and practice and ultimately ended his day after clouting the wall:

“It wasn’t ideal today. I was pushing very hard to get a good lap but I pushed a little over the edge. This place isn’t very forgiving so we broke the rear suspension. Unfortunately that brought an early end to qualifying but we now we need to focus on tomorrow. We have extra sets of new tyres now which I think everyone is going to need. We have a good car and it’s a long race. It isn’t easy to overtake here but we’ve raced from the back before. I’m going to need to push really hard to get some points out the race tomorrow.”

For Pastor Maldonado, qualifying was a revelation and even stunned Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Maldonado said:

”We’ve been working really hard as at the beginning of the weekend we were struggling for pace. We continued improving throughout qualifying and we found a good balance in the car. I then had to put together a good lap in Q3 and I knew we could be right up at the front. I’m really looking forward to the race as we’ve shown consistently good pace on our longer runs throughout practice. We have all the tools to be competitive tomorrow, so it should be a good race for us.”

The big question is the race and how Maldonado will perform amongst the top drivers at the sharp end of the grid. He’s made desperation moves before but most recently, Williams boss Toto Wolff says that Maldonado has learned and will calm down. The opportunities are certainly something Pastor has given the team but realizing those opportunities and making the most of them is where he’s fallen short.

 

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