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Williams pleased with car performance

Sam Michael insists there are positives for Williams to take away from Canada despite a failure to score
Williams technical director Sam Michael insisted he was pleased with the performance of the FW30 in Montreal, despite Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg both failing to score in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg took the flag in 13th place with Barrichello behind in 14th after both drivers suffered issues in the race, with Hulkenberg being forced into an unscheduled stop for a new front wing and then picking up a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

Barrichello meanwhile suffered braking issues throughout the race after contact with the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari.

Despite the disappointing end result, Michael insisted that the team was pleased with the performance of the car during the weekend, with revisions made following Turkey working as expected.

“We saw a marked performance improvement with the car in Canada, as demonstrated by the times the drivers achieved in qualifying and during the race,” he said. “We raced all of the aero upgrade parts we took to Canada, including the front wing, diffuser and brake ducts, and they worked as expected.

“The new front wing gave us more downforce around Montreal, and it will stay on the car for Valencia.”

Michael also said he was happy with the improved pace shown by Hulkenberg, which he said boded well for the future.

“Things are coming together for Nico now so it's getting a lot closer between the two of them,” he said. “It's a great combination of youth and experience which will yield results as the car's pace improves.”



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AmaZ - Unregistered

June 15, 2010 12:40 PM

Well Mr. Michael, I for one am not. I've been a strong Williams supporter for about 25 years, and it's getting really hard to swallow all of the disappointments of the last years. My point is: how can you be pleased with results such as these ??



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