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Japan debrief with Williams' Mark Gillan 09 Oct 2012

Mark Gillan (GBR) Williams F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 7 October 2011 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 7 October 2012 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 7 October 2012 Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams FW34.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday, 6 October 2012

Although Williams added to their points tally in Japan, thanks to Pastor Maldonado’s eighth place, the British team’s time in Suzuka was tinged with disappointment because their other driver Bruno Senna didn’t finish in the top ten too. Chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan, reviews the weekend…

Q: How satisfying was Maldonado’s eighth place in the Japanese round?
Mark Gillan:
It was very pleasing to secure the four points, but as a team our goal this year is to get both cars home in the points at all races, so there is still work to be done.

Q: Senna's true pace was masked by incidents in qualifying and the race. How was his pace when he was running in clear air?
MG:
Bruno had a good start but unfortunately got tangled up in an incident at the beginning of the race which led to him having to come in for an unscheduled pit stop for a new front wing and a subsequent drive-through for contact with Rosberg. Despite these two additional stops Bruno remained focused and was very quick in terms of race pace which gives us and him additional confidence going into Korea.

Q: How easy was it to set-up the FW34 for the high-speed demands of Suzuka?
MG:
To be honest we struggled a little in qualifying set-up but had a much better race car come Sunday.

Q: Resurfacing work had been carried out at the track since 2011. How did the new asphalt affect performance?
MG:
It did not really seem to affect our performance, although we did see a few other drivers making mistakes at T13.

Q: Some teams were worried about tyre wear during the race. How much of an issue was it on the FW34?
MG:
We suffered a number of blisters during the event and tyre wear was an issue, but it was under control and communication with the drivers and engineers during the race in terms of tyre management was excellent.

Q: The Korean round comes next. What are your hopes for next weekend?
MG:
Simply, we want to get both cars home in the points.

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