• Singapore Grand Prix

Updates give Williams progress

ESPNF1 Staff
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Pastor Maldonado finished just outside the points in 11th place © Getty Images
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Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan says that Williams made a step forward at the Singapore Grand Prix thanks to a number of upgrades.

Pastor Maldonado finished just outside the points in 11th place, while Rubens Barrichello was 13th after attempting a long final stint on soft tyres following the safety car period. Gillan said that despite the lack of points the team had done well, and would be looking to further develop the car between now and the end of the season.

"Overall the team did a good job this weekend," Gillan said. "The aim at this race was firstly, to maximise our current performance and fight to get into the top ten, which unfortunately we just missed with both cars, and secondly to further understand the FW33 package to allow us to continue to bring additional development parts to the remaining races.

"We brought an extensive set of upgrades to the track including modifications to the front wing, floor, rear wing, cooling package and fuel cell. The majority of parts worked well and those that did not make their way onto the car for Saturday running will be further modified and retested."

Gillan also said that the pace in the car was evident when Barrichello was able to hold off Felipe Massa's Ferrari for long periods of the race after the safety car.

"At the time we were out of the points and decided to split the strategy by letting Rubens run to the end on a set of soft tyres while getting Pastor to pit once more for another set of softs. Rubens did an excellent job of defending his subsequent 10th position against Massa but unfortunately the tyre performance dropped off quite significantly in the last few laps and Massa was able to take the position six laps from the end."