• Monaco Grand Prix

Williams expects strong race after 'disappointing' qualifying

ESPNF1 Staff
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Bruno Senna will be the highest-starting Williams on the Monaco grid in 13th © Sutton Images

Williams chief technical officer Mark Gillan believes his cars were quick enough to secure fourth or fifth place on the grid at Monaco on Saturday and is hoping the team can prove its pace in the race on Sunday.

After winning the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago, Williams will start 13th and 24th on the grid in Monaco. Pastor Maldonado had qualified ninth, but a ten-place grid penalty for colliding with Sergio Perez saw him drop to 19th while the team was also forced to change his gearbox following a crash in FP3 which dropped him to the back of the grid.

"The pace was good we just obviously didn't capitalise, so it's really disappointing for the team," Gillan said. "We ended up not doing a particularly good job all round. The car was good enough for a fifth or fourth place finish in qualifying and we didn't achieve that which is disappointing.

"It's obviously a function of many things, but the crash in FP3 put that car on the back foot and we had to change a number of components. Really, both the drivers have been very open in saying they just didn't capitalise and make the best out of what they could of and there is definitely more performance in the car than what we showed."

Despite the tight confines of the Monaco circuit, Gillan is hoping his drivers will be able to make some progress up the grid.

"Obviously Monaco is difficult, mind you, Barcelona is difficult and [Lewis] Hamilton did a good job at that race," he said. "This year anything can happen and the weather can still play a part in it as well. From our side the car pace is there, we know it's good enough to be finishing in the points and just have to see what we can do strategy wise."