Williams hopes to recover from Friday problem
17 November 2012 – Williams demonstrated strong speed in Austin on Friday, with Bruno Senna doing enough to finish eighth quickest. The former Champion team is now looking to solve a query with Pastor Maldonado’s car, which ended the opening day in 12th position.
“The drivers and engineers are extremely impressed with the new track layout,” Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer, said ahead of Saturday’s final practice and qualifying. “Track evolution in FP1 was high, with the initial grip levels being extremely low. We made a number of setup changes to both cars to account for the track conditions.
“Bruno's FP2 running on lower and higher fuel levels was strong. Pastor was less happy with the balance in the car and we have a lot of work to do to further optimise the car setup. On Pastor's last run we had to stop the car with an engine air leak.”
In Abu Dhabi just under two weeks ago, Williams achieved its first double points-scoring finish – with fifth and eighth positions – since the Chinese Grand Prix in mid-April.