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Williams disappointed with Maldonado

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Pastor Maldonado hit Sergio Perez, crashed out of free practice, started from the back of the grid and then crashed out of the race on the first lap in Monaco © Press Association

Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan admits that the team was disappointed with Pastor Maldonado during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Having won in Spain and being a specialist in Monaco, hopes were high that Maldonado could deliver another strong result in Monte Carlo. However, he recklessly drove in to Sergio Perez during the final free practice session - earning himself a ten-place grid penalty - and Gillan confirmed that from the team's point of view it was not a complete accident.

"I think that the incident was avoidable and therefore disappointing and that the penalty was therefore understandable," Gillan said.

Gillan added that it prevented the team from displaying its full potential in Monaco, with Bruno Senna also underperforming.

"The car was good enough for a P4 or P5 qualifying position and our race pace was also good so it is disappointing not to have come away from this event with a decent haul of points.

"Bruno was very honest after qualifying admitting that he could have done better and he pushed hard through the race but was ultimately frustrated by Kimi who held him up. We will continue to work hard with Bruno in the simulator and on the track to help him maximise the new tyres' performance."

Despite the poor showing in Monte Carlo, Gillan expects Williams to be competitive once again in Canada next weekend.

"The team are looking forward to Montreal as we believe that we should be strong again, but we need to deliver in both qualifying and the race. Montreal is usually an eventful race, with multiple stops, high brake wear and with the chance of a safety car being very likely."

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