Williams revival continues with double points finish

Pastor Maldonado was in the thick of things all afternoon long

Pastor Maldonado was in the thick of things all afternoon long

Apr.15 (F1 Media) With Bruno Senna seventh and Pastor Maldonado eighth in the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit, Williams recorded its first finish with both cars in the points since the Korean Grand Prix of 2010.

Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams  Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying, Shanghai, China, Saturday 14 April 2012.

Bruno Senna enjoying himself at Williams

Having started 13th and 14th on the grid the Williams cars both opted for a two-stop strategy, though the South American pair approached it with different tyre strategies; Maldonado from 13th choosing to go soft, medium, medium and Senna being one of four drivers choosing to start on the medium tyre, which he followed with a short stint on the soft before reverting to the medium compound.

“It was a great result for the team to finish with two cars in the points today,” commented Senna. “It was a tough race and tyre wear was high. Our strategy worked for us today but we’re still learning and improving together. We aim to continue to get better throughout the next few races.”

Maldonado had perhaps a more eventful race than his team-mate and was involved in several thrilling tussles for position as he worked his way back up the field having had a poor start. “It was very tough today,” said the Venezuelan. “I lost places at the start and it was difficult to overtake but we had good pace. We were able to fight all the way to the end so I’m happy to get some points. It was a great result for the team.”

The result confirmed the suggestion of the first two races in which Williams demonstrated they were capable of running well up in the top ten. While failing to score in Australia after a late race crash for Maldonado and a first lap collision for Senna, their points today added to Senna’s haul for sixth place in Malaysia means the team has already scored more than three times as many points as it accumulated in the entire 2011 season.

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  • Tamburello_1994

    The motor is obviously good… . .

    Caterham has no excuse this year.