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Williams confident of solid showing

Williams hopes for a strong run in Singapore as the team introduces the final upgrade for the FW32
Williams technical director Sam Michael says he is hopeful that the team will be competitive in the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

The team has run well under the Singapore lights in the past and heads into the race on the back of a double points score last time out at Monza.

The Singapore race will mark the final event where the team will introduce an upgrade onto the FW32 and Michael said he was hopeful that the team would fight for points with both drivers for a second straight race.

“Previous Williams cars have been competitive around Singapore's street circuit so the FW32 should be as well,” he said. “With some further upgrades for the car which should improve our recent good form further, we're looking to have both drivers in the top ten in qualifying and then fighting for points in the race.

“As the season has progressed, the level of competitiveness throughout the grid has increased with closer lap times across the board. We don't anticipate this race to be any different.”

Both Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg are also hopeful of a strong showing in Singapore, with Hulkenberg in particular looking forward to his first F1 night race.

“We had a good result in Monza,” he said. “I'm feeling more and more comfortable in F1 and in our car which is helping me to get the most out of a race weekend. I'm definitely getting more out of the FW32 than I was at the start of the season and I hope I can convert that into some more point-scoring finishes for the team.

“Singapore looks like a cool track. It will be my first time there, but I have been using the simulator so at least I know the layout already and I like street circuits. I drove a night race in GP2 Asia in 2009 so driving at night isn't new to me and it makes the whole event a bit more special. Driving-wise, I don't think it'll be too different to normal; the key thing is to adjust to the timings; so going to bed in the middle of the night and then waking up at midday!

“Everything is out of our normal timeframe, but I'm sure it will be exciting. Everybody speaks very positively about this race, many people say it is the highlight of the year, so I really just want to go and find out for myself!”



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Frank G

September 22, 2010 3:52 AM
Last Edited 2346 days ago

I personally would love to see RB and the Williams team make it to the podium this season! I think they deserve it for all there hard work and for running a Cosworth engine in it's first year back to the sport.



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