Williams still pushing for double points finishes
9 October 2012 – Japan on Sunday saw Pastor Maldonado finally score his first Formula 1 points since winning the Spanish Grand Prix in May. Since then, team-mate Bruno Senna has made the top ten on five occasions but, as Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan continues to stress, double points finishes remain the sole priority.
Williams has achieved only a single double-scoring result so far in 2012, when Senna and Maldonado came home seventh and eighth in the Chinese Grand Prix.
“It was very pleasing to secure the four points, but as a team our goal this year is to get both cars home in the points at all races, so there is still work to be done,” Gillan says on Tuesday, with Maldonado having finished eighth at Suzuka.
“Bruno had a good start but unfortunately got tangled up in an incident at the beginning, which led to an unscheduled pit-stop for a new front wing and a drive-through for contact with Rosberg. Despite these two additional stops, he remained focused and was very quick in terms of race pace, which gives us additional confidence going into Korea.
“Simply, we want to get both cars home in the points.”
In the Constructors’ Championship, Williams remains eighth and seemingly marooned in that position because Force India is a substantial 23 points ahead.