Williams left to regret double retirement
23 April 2012 – Following on from an impressive double points finish in China a week earlier, Williams saw both cars retire from the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. First to end his race was Pastor Maldonado, whose left-rear puncture caused a spin at Turn 3, before Bruno Senna pulled into the garage with only three laps to go.
“I had a puncture in the exit of Turn 1 and then spun on the straight,” Venezuelan Maldonado explained. “I’m disappointed for the team as the performance was there. Starting from the back of the pack, I was fighting every lap. The car was responding well and I was able to make up many positions. I feel today we could have scored more points, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”
Senna enjoyed a clean start, but his car went away from him.
“We did everything right on the first lap but unfortunately I was struggling to keep the pace to the cars in front,” he recalled. “I think we were quite aggressive with the setup today but sometimes you don’t get it right.
“Towards the end I started feeling a lot of vibration in the brake pedal. The engineers were looking at it, so I kept pushing as you never know what will happen, but the vibration got worse and the decision was made to avoid risking an accident. It’s disappointing after two points finishes, but it’s a long season.”
With 18 points amassed thus far, Williams is seventh in the teams’ standings but now only a single point ahead of Force India, as Paul di Resta finished a strong sixth.