Williams went into the Malaysian GP weekend hoping to find more pace in the FW35. The team targeted set-up work, tyre testing and longer runs, but at the end of the day acknowledged that it failed to make the progress it hoped for.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: We haven’t made the progress we had hoped for today. 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.
Pastor Maldonado, FW35-02 RS27-5444/2: We didn’t have the pace today unfortunately. We need to analyse the data tonight to see what we can do. We have a lot of work to do but we’ll be pushing hard to see what we can achieve tomorrow.
Valtteri Bottas, FW35-01 RS27- 5462/2: 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.