British Grand Prix Race
• Pastor Maldonado finished 11th with Valtteri Bottas 12th in today’s British Grand Prix.
• In an eventful race, which included two safety car periods, both drivers made a two-stop strategy work to finish just outside the points from P15 and P16.
• The team will be looking to build on its best result of the season as we enter our 600th race in Germany next weekend.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: It was a tough race but both drivers did a good job for us today and deserved some points. Valtteri did well to overtake Button on the last lap for P12, and Pastor almost finished inside the top ten but lost two positions at the second safety car restart. Bothe drivers managed their tyres well and overall made up a number of places from where they started on the grid. Thank you to all the Williams employees, our partners and fans who came out to support us on home soil today.
Pastor Maldonado: It was a difficult race but our pace was consistent. We weren’t quick enough but I was happy with the balance of the car and we had no problems with our tyres. I am looking forward to continuing to improve, particularly in qualifying. We were close to scoring our first point today, but before the second restart I was on the inside when Hulkenberg went off the track and he made contact with me when he rejoined, which cost me two positions.
Valtteri Bottas: It wasn’t an easy race for me because the car was quite difficult to handle. We didn’t have the best set-up for qualifying and the race, and we also lost some time in the pit stops, so we need to improve in all areas moving forward. Points were certainly possible today but unfortunately we just missed out.
Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader: Eleventh and 12th is our best finish so far this year, but I know the team would like to have scored points on home ground. While we would have hoped to finish on the right side of the top ten, it’s a big improvement on our starting positions.