Williams not ruling out good Monaco Grand Prix results despite disastrous Saturday
|By Jonathan Noble||Sunday, May 27th 2012, 09:00 GMT|
Williams can still make the most of the speed of its car to deliver a strong points finish in the Monaco Grand Prix, despite its disappointing qualifying performance.
That is the view of its engineering chief Mark Gillan, who thinks it vital the team is switched on with its strategy so it can make progress up the order.
"From our side it is quite clear, we need to make things happen now," he explained, with Bruno Senna starting 13th and Pastor Maldonado on the last row of the grid.
"From that position for both drivers, and obviously Bruno is in a much better position than Pastor, we need to make things happen.
"The pace of the car is good, we just didn't capitalise on it. So it was a really disappointing job for the team that we ended up not doing a particularly good job all around, given the pace of the car. The car was good enough for a top four place in qualifying and we obviously didn't achieve that."
With overtaking notoriously difficult at Monaco, Gillan concedes it will not be easy to move up the field, but he remains upbeat that the Williams has the pace to do it.
"Obviously Monaco is difficult [for overtaking], but mind you Barcelona was difficult and [Lewis] Hamilton did a very good job of it at the last race. At this race literally anything can happen, and the weather can still a play a part in it as well.
"From our side we know the car pace is there, we know it is good enough to be finishing in the points and we just have to see what we can do strategy wise. We had a good strategy at the last race, and we just have to capitalise on it."