Cosworth's Mark Gallagher says the engine manufacturer is hoping to secure a podium finish before the end of the season on the back of a double points finish in Singapore.
Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg
finished inside the top ten for Williams
as Cosworth tackled the Marina Bay
circuit for the first time, although it was a mixed event as only Lucas di Grassi
of the newcomers was still running at the finish.
With more points on the board for the Cosworth engines, Gallagher said the aim now was to keep pushing through to the end of the year with the ultimate goal being to secure a podium finish before 2010 comes to an end.
“It was a great experience for Cosworth to race around the streets of Singapore at what is a very well organised and entertaining venue,” he said. “The circuit may not demand the top end power of Monza, but it is still a tough challenge for engine units and we showed well. The pace and performance of the Williams
team was particularly pleasing; both drivers were quick throughout practice, qualifying and in the race itself. Nico was unlucky not to make it through to Q3 but had a strong race and scored a championship point in spite of a 20s post-race penalty. Rubens was in strong form to take sixth in qualifying and his third top six finish of the season.
“We have made good progress with each of our teams during this season. We are looking at completely different prospects to those teams that lined up in Bahrain just over six months ago. With Williams, we know we are chasing strong points-scoring results in these final four races and a move up the constructors' championship, and the three new teams have made in-roads to the established teams. These final four overseas races will give us further opportunity to show what progress has been made.
“Our overall aim for the balance of the season, starting with Suzuka next week, is to continue with our performance optimisation while protecting reliability. While we would like to see more top six finishes with Williams, the podium is where we want to be.”