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The atmosphere has been refreshed at Williams’ Grove factory following a double points finish for the team in China. As Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado took the chequered flag seventh and eighth, the former World Champion team has now already scored 13 points more than it managed across the entire 2011 campaign.
“Getting both cars into the points is a very good result and one that every single person in the team can be proud of, especially given the disappointing 2011 season,” says Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan.
“The team has been further invigorated by this result to push even harder in what is clearly a very tightly-spaced grid, with fierce competition.
"The car's performance in Shanghai was good in both single lap and in particular race pace, when tyre management was paramount; it was a difficult choice to make but we felt that splitting the strategies, with both cars being beside each other on the grid, was the prudent decision to take.”
Gillan highlighted the team’s general praise for its drivers:
“I am very pleased with both of their performances and they fought very hard during the race against stiff competition to secure ten points in total. Their feedback during the event is also excellent, which helps us further develop and optimise the car.”
The result was more than welcome for Team Principal Sir Frank Williams, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Monday.
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