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Barrichello: If we perform at Silverstone, we’re sorted!

Rubens Barrichello insists that a strong result for Williams at Silverstone will be a good sign for the rest of the year
Rubens Barrichello has stated his belief that this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone will give Williams a good indication of how it will perform through the remainder of the F1 season.

Barrichello took his best finish of the season by far in Valencia as he secured fourth place, while team-mate Nico Hulkenberg joined the Brazilian in making it through to Q3 before being forced out of the race late on with an exhaust issue.

Williams is due to introduce a series of new upgrades for its home race this weekend and Barrichello said the British GP would give a better indication of Williams' chances through the rest of the year.

"I could be very positive and I could say 'yes, this was not just because of the track', but I would rather keep my feet on the ground and just wait for Silverstone," he told ITV-F1. "Silverstone is a very different track, one that I love very much, but it's high speed, although it's a new circuit and I've seen in MotoGP that you have some slow-speed.

"If we perform the same way, or even better, at Silverstone, I think we're going to perform better all the way through."

An exhaust blown diffuser, rear brake duct and front suspension changes will also be trialed during Friday practice – with a final decision then being taken on whether to continue with the exhaust through the remainder of the weekend – and Hulkenberg said he was hopeful that the improvements would allow the team to again challenge for strong points finishes.

“We have another update coming for Silverstone,” the young German said. “Others will probably be doing the same, so we will have to work hard to keep the momentum going and stay in the top ten. It's a massive positive that we continue to have new developments in the pipeline. It's always good to know that everyone in the factory is trying hard to develop the car in order to move forward.

“I have spent some time at the factory learning Silverstone's new layout in the simulator, but it will be more interesting to see exactly what they've done when we get there. As I've lived in Oxford for a while now, and because it's just down the road from Silverstone, I kind of see the British Grand Prix as my second home race. I'm looking forward to getting started as I have unfinished business from Valencia.”

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July 06, 2010 11:05 PM

@JoeS, This might be one of the reasons they bought out that KERS company. Do a Wiki search on it. Cant remember their name now but it looks to me like Sir Frank knows this and is doing what he can to keep up. Keep the faith! Ed :)


July 06, 2010 6:55 PM
Last Edited 2577 days ago

Rubens has never been shy to speak his mind. If he is happy with the way things look (god knows he's driven enough to know) then its looking good for Williams. Hope that is the case for Sir Frank, he deserves it. :)

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