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Williams happy with Hungarian strategy

Sam Michael says Williams got it right with strategy in the Hungarian Grand Prix
Williams technical director Sam Michael insists the team is happy with the strategy call it made in Hungary after running Rubens Barrichello on a longer first stint during the Hungaroring race.

The team elected not to pit Barrichello behind the Safety Car when it was deployed for debris on the track, with the Brazilian instead continuing on the prime tyre for a lengthy opening stint.

It meant he rejoined outside the points following his stop before the controversial incident with Michael Schumacher where Barrichello squeezed through to finish in tenth place.

That gave the team a double points finish with Nico Hulkenberg in sixth and Michael said the team had got its strategy call correct.

“Our prime reason for not pitting Rubens when the Safety Car was deployed was to avoid doing 55 laps on the softer, option tyre which, at that stage, we didn't think would last for that amount of time,” he said. “More importantly, if we had stacked both the cars in the pitlane, Nico would have significantly lost out. The strategy we chose maximised the points we collected.”

Williams was one of the first teams to close its factory for the summer shutdown that takes place before the Belgian Grand Prix and Michael said the team should be strong when F1 resumes at Spa at the end of the month.

“We closed immediately after Sunday's race,” he said. “We start our shutdown straight away so we have the maximum time possible in which to prepare for Belgium when we return.

“The whole car package will be good there. We should be able to run inside the top ten, as we've been doing recently.”



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Taz - Unregistered

August 03, 2010 1:55 PM

Williams have had a pretty poor start but definately coming better of late. Their lead driver is faste rthan the stig...how can they fail ? :p



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