Williams F1 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado head to the tenth round of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship determined to give their flagging seasons a boost with a run to the points at the Nurburgring.
Williams is enduring a tough 2011 campaign, with just four points to its name at the half-way point in the season, each belonging to its lead driver Ruben Barrichello.
Indeed, Williams's struggles have been well documented as they slip further behind Scuderia Toro Rosso and Force India in the manufacturers' standings, though flashes of pace over the last few races have given both Barrichello and Maldonado optimism that a points' haul is achievable in Germany.
“Nürburgring is very special to me as I won there for Ferrari and I really like the track a lot,” said Barrichello, who was a winner back in 2002. “The circuit has a lot of camber changes and so it is pretty difficult to get the best car set-up, but that just makes it all the more interesting.
“There is normally a chance of rain as well which adds another element into the mix. The corner onto the back straight is one of the best in my opinion. I hope we can have a good performing car this weekend and I will be giving my very best to score some points.”
Maldonado, meanwhile, remains point-less heading into the second-half of his maiden F1 season, though top ten qualifying performances in three of the last five races have raised both the Venezuelan's confidence and reputation.
“The Nürburgring is always amazing to visit because of its history, the combination of different technical corners and the fans there. I hope to improve on our last result and be more competitive, especially in the race. The second sector is my favourite part of the track as it has high speed, very technical corners.
“I first raced at the Nürburgring in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2006 and qualified on pole but I had problems in the race. I also raced at the track during my time in GP2, scoring my best result of fourth in 2007.”