Salo doubts Williams can bounce back in 2013

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35 retires from the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 17 March 2013.

In Melbourne it was an early shower for Pastor Maldonado

Former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo has questioned whether Williams has the ability to recover from a bad start to the 2013 world championship season.

In a similar slump early this year is McLaren, but Finn Salo – a former Toyota and Sauber driver – tipped the great British team to bounce back soon.

“I think we will see an improvement from them (McLaren) as early as the next race,” the 46-year-old pundit told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

“With those resources you can improve, as we have seen before. If they’ve had a bad start, very quickly they have improved and started to win races,” he added.

Salo, however, questions whether Oxfordshire based Williams can stage a similar turnaround, given its comparatively inferior size and resources.

Referring to his countryman Valtteri Bottas’ Melbourne debut, Salo said: “He handled things well, but it was miserable. The car is not good. Almost the last of all the teams.

“Williams has a lot of work ahead now. Yes, it is an experienced team, but do they have the resources to improve when the car is this bad?” (GMM)