• European Grand Prix

Williams targeting points in Valencia

ESPN Staff
June 18, 2012 « Pirelli tips Schumacher victory in Valencia | Booth targets Marussia recovery after poor Canadian GP »
Pastor Maldonado was victorious on his last visit to Spain © Press Association

After a disappointing last two grands prix that have delivered only a solitary point, the Williams team is looking to get back to the form of their last visit to Spain which saw Pastor Maldonado emerge victorious.

"Following the last two sets of race results we are keen to continue to demonstrate our team's improvement and ensure both cars come home in the points," said Chief Operations Engineer, Mark Gillan. "Valencia proves a difficult track for both driver and car and with the expected large track evolution throughout the weekend tyre management will once more be crucial.

"Pirelli bring the medium and soft compounds to this race, a pairing that was last used in Bahrain. The track layout places a lot of stress on the braking system and the high ambient temperatures, coupled with a lower than average mean speed, forces one to open up the cooling package."

Maldonado, who finished 13th on a one-stop strategy in Canada, echoed Gillan's optimism approaching the European Grand Prix.

"We're constantly developing the car and it is showing good long run consistency at the moment and hopefully we can improve on the last couple races and pick up some good points," said Maldonado.

"Our pace in Canada was not really reflective of the cars potential, but we've been working hard to understand the reasons why and hopefully we can put that behind us and gain a stronger result here," added team-mate Bruno Senna.