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Williams hopes to build on Singapore pace with updates

ESPN Staff
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Pastor Maldonado qualified on the front row in Singapore but Williams failed to score points © Sutton Images
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Williams is confident of a strong weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix after showing strong pace but ultimately failing to score a point in Singapore.

Williams has scored just seven points from the last five races but in Singapore Pastor Maldonado qualified on the front row and looked set for a strong finish before he retired with a hydraulics issue. Bruno Senna also looked set for points before he retired and chief operations engineer Mark Gillan is confident the teams will be competitive this weekend at Suzuka.

"Following Singapore we have been working hard to ensure that the cars run as reliably as possible for the remaining races," he said. "Given the excellent pace shown at Singapore in both qualifying and the race, we expect to be strong in Suzuka and will bring further updates as part of our continuous improvement process."

Bruno Senna is also looking forward to the race and thinks Williams will be strong.

"It's one of my favourite tracks of the season and it's very fast and flowing but quite narrow compared to some of the other circuits we visit," he said. "It feels amazingly quick and is one of the biggest challenges as a driver. It is similar to Spa-Francorchamps so it's a real drivers' track. You can get variable weather in Japan ranging from warm and sunny to rain that stops qualifying. It's always exciting though and we have a good potential to be strong there."