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Williams targets Monaco improvement

Williams looks to bounce back from tough weekend in Spain to score in Monte Carlo
Williams will hope for an improved performance on the streets of Monaco after technical director Sam Michael admitted that the team 'wasn't good enough' in Spain last weekend.

The team endured a trying start to the European leg of the F1 season, with proposed improvements to the FW32 failing to give the desired improvement in performance.

Rubens Barrichello failed to make it past the first stage of qualifying although he managed to race into the points to finish ninth, while team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was only able to finish in 15th – a result Michael admitted wasn't up to standard.

However, having at least added points to its tally, Michael said the team was hopeful of breaking into the top ten again on the streets of the principality.

“Two points for Rubens was a good result considering where we were on Saturday,” he said, “but our overall performance wasn't good enough in Spain and we must keep pushing to make more significant progress.

“From a technical perspective, Monaco is a race on its own. The circuit demands a softer set-up than usual and maximum downforce, so after a series of upgrades brought to the car in Barcelona, this is the second race in succession when we will be making some significant changes to the car, although some of these updates will not carry through to the rest of the season with the possible exception of Singapore.”

“In recent seasons, we have performed well in Monaco and both the engineers and drivers will be working hard to build on the points finish from last weekend.”

Team leader Barrichello admitted that Monaco is a circuit where Williams should go well, although he conceded that a strong showing in qualifying would be vital to the team's chances of success.

“Monaco is a completely different track to Barcelona and has a completely different set of challenges to any of the other circuits we race on. It's crucial to qualify well because it's so difficult to overtake, so getting the car set-up correctly in practice is really important. The car needs to be well balanced and have good traction; because it's a street circuit, you don't get a lot of grip from the track. Mechanical rather than aero strength is key and you really have to be on top of the car all the time.

“Monaco is a special track. It's so pleasurable to drive fast and it's perfect for taking the car to the limit. I particularly like the Casino Square section. When people watch it on TV, I don't think they realize that we are going at about 200mph! I'm quite hopeful for the team this race. The track should play into our hands and the weather could also play its part again this weekend. We shall see.”



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Taz - Unregistered

May 12, 2010 1:50 PM

This team has under performed for a while, pretty obvious the car isn't that good this year. Never really done a lot with Sam Michael at the helm.

Hairpin - Unregistered

May 12, 2010 7:16 PM

I don't think Sam Michael is to blame any more than the design and aero dept. He undoubtedly has a part to play as does patrick and frank. Their problems seem to have started when adrian newey left for maclaren. As for another post on here saying they grabbed the cosworth engine as per mosley, maybe someone can enlighten me as to the other options that were available to them having talked to ferrari, mercedes and renault. ? and advanced warning of toyota pulling out.



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