Williams: Another tough pill to swallow

Sep.2 (Williams) Team and drivers report on the Belgian Grand Prix, Round 12 of the 2012 Formula One World Championship, at Spa-Francorchamps.

Race Notes

  • Bruno Senna finished 12th in today’s Belgian GP as Pastor Maldonado’s race came to an early conclusion, on lap four.
  • After making a good start Bruno drove a clean race, but had to make an unscheduled second pitstop with just five laps remaining due to a slow right-rear puncture.
  • Pastor Maldonado had a difficult opening few laps after being caught in a multi-car incident at La Source which brought out the safety car.
  • Pastor pitted for fresh tyres and rejoined the back of the field, but on the restart made contact with Timo Glock, forcing him to stop out on track with damage.

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Pastor’s race was over very quickly following contact with Glock which forced him to retire. Bruno had a very good start from 17th on the grid and pushed hard on a one-stop strategy, but unfortunately we didn’t have the pace today to make this work. A few laps before the end of the race we noticed Bruno’s rear-right tyre pressure dropping due to a puncture. The puncture forced us to pit, with Bruno eventually finishing out of the points, in 12th.

Bruno Senna: We went for an aggressive strategy and it looked like the safety car was going to help us, but in the end the pace difference between the cars with newer tyres was too big. We then had a slow puncture which meant we needed to pit again before the end. Overall it’s a day we want to move on from but we need to learn as many lessons as we can and make sure we’re in the best position possible for Monza to score some points for the team.

Pastor Maldonado: I made a slight mistake at the start because the clutch slipped out of my hands before the red light switched off. We then got caught up in the first corner incident and that compromised our race. I’m disappointed because we could have scored some good points here, but it’s not long until the next race so we’re looking forward now.

Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader:
Today was very disappointing considering Pastor’s starting position. Losing some points just at the end with Bruno was another tough pill to swallow, but we can take encouragement from the fact the car has shown signs of good pace this weekend, including setting the fastest lap of the race, which bodes well for Monza.

Subbed by AJN.

  • McLaren Fan

    Pastor Maldonado will take a 10-place drop on next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix grid after stewards at Spa handed him two five-place penalties for separate incidents

  • Lol.

    I feel sorry for Bruno. He drove as good a race today as he possibly could, and yet everyone is talking about Pastor for all the wrong reasons. Hope Senna and Bottas complete the williams line up next year. After all, they’re drivers, not a demolition team.

  • Psych4191

    Williams HAS to start letting Bruno in FP1. He had one practice, then it was Quals and Race. He finishes 12th after that? Imagine what he would be able to do with more time in the car. He’s also shown he’s far better at race craft than Maldonado. Give him the extra track time and I’m sure he’ll podium. Get Pastor the hell out of F1. I’m tired of his crap.