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Williams 'well suited to most circuits' - Gillan

ESPN Staff
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Pastor Maldonado was set for a podium finish in Valencia before his late collision with Lewis Hamilton © Sutton Images

Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan believes the team can be strong at any circuit this season.

Pastor Maldonado qualified an impressive third in Valencia and was challenging Lewis Hamilton for a podium place in the race when the pair collided on the penultimate lap - a penalty eventually relegating Maldonado to 12th. Despite the disappointment, Gillan insisted that there was nothing about the Valencia circuit that particularly played to the FW34's strengths, and he believes that Williams can make further progress with the car throughout the season.

When asked if the circuit in Valencia had suited the car, Gillan replied: "No, not really, as the car seems well suited to most circuits.

"We have a good base package and with the excellent feedback that our drivers are giving us we are able to selectively develop the car to improve any deficiencies whilst also working on our strengths."

With the traditionally front-running teams expected to pull away from the midfield during the season due to a better development rate, Gillan admitted that upgrades remain important but that the sensitive tyres are keeping the field close together.

"Everything is so tight that the aero development is very crucial, but also so is understanding how to operate the car and put it in the right window. If you have more downforce and less drag it's always easier.

"I think this season will be a cracker in terms of a development race right to the end, and obviously if you're pushing that then something may give somewhere else. No team has got infinite resources."

Gillan added that a strong performance at the team's home race in Britain would be extra special.

"Give Frank nothing; he'd be very happy if we could do well at Silverstone. I wouldn't say there's more pressure, but certainly within the team there's a desire - at every race we go to - to improve."