Williams technical director Mike Coughlan said the first day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix has not yielded the sought-for improvements in the FW35.
Despite failing to score in Australia the team believed they had learned a lot from the race and had a good idea of where they could make gains this weekend.
But after seeing Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas finish second practice practice in 16th and 19th places respectively, Coughlan admitted: “We haven?óÔé¼Ôäót made the progress we had hoped for.”
“We need to look at the data we have from both sessions to maximise the package we have. We will then head straight back to the factory to work on some improvements ahead of Shanghai.”
Bottas said: “We had a number of parts to test today following the race in Melbourne and we were evaluating different things between the two cars.”
“We will analyse the data to see what worked well and make some decisions for qualifying tomorrow. We hope to find some improvements, but we know we still have a lot of work to do to close the gap.”
2013 Malaysian Grand Prix
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