Williams aiming for double points finish
20 March 2013 – Williams has set its sights on a double points finish in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, with the team hoping to bounce back from a troublesome Melbourne weekend after which Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were left empty-handed.
Maldonado, who was knocked out of Q1, finished in the Turn 1 gravel trap on Sunday afternoon, while debutant Bottas struggled to make a significant impact on the top ten runners and wound up 14th. Technical Director Mike Coughlan, however, is confident that with a change in set-up direction, a stronger result can be achieved at Sepang.
"Following a difficult opening to the season in Australia, the team has regrouped and been working hard to solve the problems we encountered last weekend," Coughlan explained. "We have a good idea where to focus our efforts and learnt a lot in Melbourne which we will implement in Malaysia to continue working to improve the performance of the FW35 throughout Friday testing and into the weekend.
"The Sepang circuit is a technical challenge which is always quite hard on tyres. The high ambient temperatures and humidity also make it a tough race for the drivers, with the weather also playing its part with late afternoon showers common and forecast over the weekend. Our aim is to move forward from where we were last weekend, with a view to end the race with both cars in points-scoring positions."
Last year, Williams recorded its first points finish of the season in Malaysia, courtesy of Bruno Senna's fight through the field in challenging conditions to finish sixth.