Williams narrowly misses out on first point
1 July 2013 – Williams missed out on its first point of the 2013 Formula 1 season by less than one of a half seconds during Sunday afternoon's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Having started from the eighth row of the grid, Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas made steady progress in a race dominated by tyre failures, but their efforts ultimately went unrewarded after crossing the line in respective 11th and 12th positions.
"It was a difficult race but our pace was consistent," Maldonado commented. "We weren't quick enough but I was happy with the balance of the car and we had no problems with our tyres. I am looking forward to continuing to improve, particularly in qualifying.
"We were close to scoring our first point, but before the second restart I was on the inside when Hülkenberg went off the track and he made contact with me when he rejoined, which cost me two positions."
Bottas, who passed Jenson Button on the final lap, wound up just under four seconds behind Maldonado, arguing that Williams must make progress "in all areas".
"It wasn’t an easy race for me because the car was quite difficult to handle," explained Bottas. "We didn’t have the best set-up for qualifying and the race, and we also lost some time in the pit-stops, so we need to improve in all areas moving forward. Points were certainly possible for us here but unfortunately we just missed out."
Bruno Senna remains the latest driver to record a point for Williams, having followed former team-mate Maldonado home in tenth at the 2012 United States Grand Prix.
Marussia and Caterham are the only other teams yet score so far this season.