Williams endures worst qualifying of 2012
21 April 2012 – For those who feared a tough qualifying session for Williams, there was no Q1 elimination at Sakhir but the Grove team still experienced its worst Saturday of 2012 so far. Bruno Senna will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from 15th position, with Pastor Maldonado 22nd after taking a five-place gearbox penalty.
“It was really difficult today,” Senna admitted. “Once again, a few tenths of a second make a big difference in grid position. It’s going to be a big challenge tomorrow but I think we can have a good race from where we are. I feel I got as much out of the car as possible today, but we can be stronger tomorrow.”
Senna made his Formula 1 debut in Bahrain, with Hispania Racing two years ago. Maldonado has raced on the track in GP2, but not yet in F1.
“The car felt quick this morning, so it’s a shame that we had a KERS problem which meant we couldn’t run in Q2,” the Venezuelan reveals. “It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow with the added grid penalty, as well as it being a difficult track.
“We need to attack from the start and get our strategy right, but our pace looked good on race simulations so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”