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GP Week : Issue 195
It was a story of contrasting fortunes at Williams during the u.s. Grand Prix as rookie Valtteri Bottas brought home the team’s first haul of points since the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, while teammate Pastor Maldonado’s frustrations that have dogged the Venezuelan all weekend carried over into sunday’s race. Bottas, who has been on fine form all weekend and was very much a part of the best-of-the-rest scrap behind the two Red Bulls throughout Saturday’s qualifying, drove a strong race to come home eighth, the Finn even keeping the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso honest in the early stages of the 56-lap grand prix. “ItisagreatdayandIam very happy for the team,” Bottas told Sky Sports immediately after the race. “We have finally got some points for me as well, four points. We did a really good job today, the strategy, the race start, the pit stop, everyone from the team did such a good job so I really felt that we deserved it.” Meanwhile, Maldonado – who is leaving Williams at the end of the year – could only finish a lap down in 17th, the Venezuelan unable to improve on his starting position with damage to his front wing that forced him to pit for a new nose cone only setting him back further. The result caps a trying weekend for Maldonado, who has been way off the pace of his team - mate throughout all sessions at the Circuit of the Americas, with the 28-year- old even lashing out against Williams and accusing the team of sabotaging his car. Bottas’ eighth place finish sees Willams’ total points haul for the season go up to five, the Finn’s four points from today adding to the single point Maldonado scored in Hungary. The former world champions are currently ninth in the constructors’ standings and are unlikely to catch eighth placed Toro Rosso, who are on 32 points with just one race of the season remaining. Williams' win-lose afternoon! 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> UNITED STATES