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Williams hopes for strong Silverstone

3 July 2012

Williams will hope to maintain the strong form seen so far this season when the team heads to Silverstone this weekend for its home event on the F1 schedule.

Already this season, the team has returned to the top step of the podium thanks to Pastor Maldonado's victory in Barcelona, while the Venezuelan could also have secured a podium finish in Valencia last time out had it not been for his clash with Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages.

With Pirelli taking the same tyres to Silverstone that were used at Catalunya, and with an upgrade package set to be introduced by the team, hopes are high for a strong result with chief operations engineer Mark Gillan saying the team was eager to impress.

“Following our strong showing in Valencia, which unfortunately ultimately ended in disappointment, we head to our home Grand Prix at Silverstone with high hopes,” he said. “Silverstone is a great circuit, with the highest average corner speed of any circuit in the championship and is a good challenge for both the driver and car.

“Pirelli bring their hard (prime) and soft (option) tyres to this race, which is the same pairing that we used successfully in Barcelona. We will also bring an updated aerodynamic package to the event, which is imperative given the importance of aerodynamic efficiency around this track and how tight the grid is at present. The long range forecast doesn't look particularly promising, predicting a reasonable chance of rain and strong winds throughout the weekend, which could lead to an eventful qualifying and race.”

Maldonado meanwhile said he was confident that the team would be in a strong position to challenge for points throughout the weekend.

“The British Grand Prix is always very special for the whole team and the support we get here is amazing with some of the most knowledgeable fans in the world,” he said. “I think the track will suit our car because it's similar to Barcelona and it's also very fun to drive with sections like Maggots and Becketts which really test you as a driver.

“The pace of the car in Valencia was very promising and we have a number of updates expected for this race as well so hopefully we can give the home fans a good result.”


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