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Williams brings new wings to Spa

Williams brings new wings to the Belgian Grand Prix as Rubens Barrichello clocks up 300 F1 events
Williams has confirmed that it will run a new front and rear wing in the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

The team will be looking to build on an impressive run of form in the races leading up the summer break, which included a brace of top five finishes for Rubens Barrichello in Valencia and at Silverstone.

With the changes made to the car, the team heads to Spa in buoyant mood and will hope to celebrate Barrichello's 300th race in style.

“Spa is a fantastic circuit and a definite challenge for the engineers and drivers,” technical director Sam Michael said. “Sectors one and three require low drag, while sector two requires maximum downforce, so a well compromised set-up is crucial for getting a quick lap time.

“Spa is a real driver's circuit and one of the greatest layouts we have on the calendar. We will have new front and rear wings, plus some mechanical changes for the FW32 for this race. We're also looking forward to celebrating Rubens' 300 Grand Prix in Belgium, an impressive achievement!”

Barrichello's 300th race comes at the scene of his maiden pole position with the Brazilian becoming the first driver to reach the milestone.

“Spa is a great racing circuit,” he said. “I took my first pole there and have won at Spa while racing in the lower categories so I'm looking forward to it. It's always a challenging track and I imagine it will be even more so now we are carrying full tanks.

“It can be quite tricky in terms of car set-up because it's so long, and you need to have a car fast enough to take on corners like La Source and Eau Rouge. It really all depends on the aero efficiency of the car as to what your lap time is. Drivers tend to go for quite different downforce levels at Spa so there's always opportunities chance to overtake.

“This race will be my 300th in Formula One. I feel very privileged to have been in the sport for such a long time and it feels great to reach this milestone. I still think I am at the top of my game and plan to continue being competitive long past my 300th GP!”



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spaghettieddie

August 24, 2010 2:13 PM

I hope the wings work on the Williams Cosworth and allow Rubens to podium on his 300th GP. Some might not remember or were too young but I believe it was at San Marino in either Practice or Quali that Rubens almost lost his life in a terrible crash. So I guess what I am trying to say is to race in so many races almost die and make it to 300 is a big deal and a podium would be great to see. :)



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