Rubens Barrichello got the Williams F1 team off the mark today in the F1 2011 Monaco Grand Prix.
The Grove-based outfit has had a woeful start to the new season, but finally got a break at the Principality, and with Barrichello bringing his FW33 home in ninth, the squad now has two points on the board.
It was though a bitter sweet result, as the team looked set for a two-car finish, with Pastor Maldonado running in sixth until he was taken out 5 laps from the end when Lewis Hamilton 'tried a very ambitious manoeuvre at the first corner' [see separate story - click here
“With six laps to go, I thought tenth was the best result we were going to achieve today. I ended up ninth, but not in the way I would have liked to as it was at the expense of my team-mate,” Barrichello said.
“We lost some really good points for the team so that is disappointing. I'm happy that I've broken my run of bad luck though.
“The safety car didn't help us as our one-stop strategy would have worked well had I not just done my pitstop before it was deployed. There are positives and negatives to take from today, the positive being we scored some points.”
“It was a good result to get some points on the board. It was close to being a lot more but that is the nature of Monte Carlo,” added Williams technical director Sam Michael.
“Pastor has driven outstandingly all weekend, so it is a shame that his race ended in the barriers. The tyres were solid all afternoon but it became clear that it would be a two-stop race strategy for us. The safety cars both hurt us as well as we lost a lot of time with both drivers.
“On the positive side however, we didn't have any reliability issues and we're looking to continue developing the car ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks time,” he concluded.