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More new parts for Williams
8 June 2011
Williams are set to take a range of new parts to Montreal this weekend for the Canadian Grand Prix as the team looks to build on the points scored last time out in Monaco.
Rubens Barrichello finally opened the teams account for the 2011 season with ninth place in the principality, while team-mate Pastor Maldonado looked set to score for the first time in F1 before his late incident with the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton.
At the circuit where Williams secured its maiden F1 title with Alan Jones back in 1980, the team will now hope to add to the two points scored in Monte Carlo with a number of improvements being introduced onto the FW33.
“The Montreal circuit is a great layout for overtaking and never fails to produce an exciting race,” technical director Sam Michael said. “With the new tyres and DRS on two straights, I think this year's race will be no exception. Set-up is geared towards aero efficiency on the straights and maximising traction out of the slow speed corners.
“We will have a new front wing, brake ducts, barge boards and modified diffuser to test during practice, as well as the obligatory new rear wing for the lower drag level required in Canada.”
While Barrichello has plenty of experience of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, team-mate Maldonado will be making his debut and the GP2 title winner admitted it would be a challenging weekend ahead.
“This race will be more difficult for me, especially at the start of the weekend, as I don't know the circuit,” he said. “The grip level will improve over the three days and so the track will change between the sessions. I will need to adapt myself day by day as it is important to be fully ready in time for qualifying on Saturday. The track is really interesting and I think I'm going to enjoy racing on it. I'll definitely be doing my best to fight for points again. The car, the team and myself are all still improving so it is looking positive. I last went to Canada in 1998 for a karting race and I really like the country, it has a great atmosphere so I'm looking forward to going back.”
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