"I had a good start until I lost position fighting for space on track," he said, "Our overall pace during the race was fine, but the rear wing setting slightly held us back on the long straight. My retirement came after I passed Senna on lap 26. The car had too much oversteer and I just lost control of it."
Since his arrival earlier this season, Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan has had his work cut out thanks to the inherent lack of speed the FW33 offers. Although that was much the same case during the weekend's proceedings, Gillan nevertheless commended his team's efforts in what has been a difficult season.
"Rubens had a difficult start which cost him a number of positions, and we then changed his planned two-stop strategy to a three as we were experiencing higher tyre wear than expected," he reported, "Rubens continued to push hard to finish in P14, having held Schumacher off for the last few laps of the race.
"Both Rubens and Pastor fought hard today but, ultimately, did not have the pace to finish in the points. However, I'd like to thank the team for all their efforts this season."
by Simon Evans