Last time we were in Melbourne, we were cheering on Pastor Maldonado as he chased down Fernando Alonso for fifth place before binning in on the final lap. Whilst the Venezuelan still failed to finish in Australia this time out, the dip in performance from Williams was stark.
What went wrong? Was it the tyres? The car? Both?
For some reason Williams, who seemed quietly confident throughout testing, are now planning on how to close the gap to Force India. Not even having Pastor in the car throwing it around could drag it out of the final third of the grid, and that’s quite a worry for the team from Grove.