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Mixed emotions for Williams trio

Williams have a day of mixed fortunes as action gets underway at Hockenheim
Williams drivers suffered mixed fortunes on Friday at Hockenheim, with Pastor Maldonado topping the practice two timesheets but both Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas enduring a more troubled day on track.

Maldonado, who won the Spanish Grand Prix back in May, edged home favourites Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel to finish quickest in FP2 by 0.088s.

The session was dominated by rainy conditions but Maldonado is optimistic of his team's chances should it be wet for the remainder of the weekend.

“It was a challenging practice session for everyone because the track conditions were changing a lot and I was trying to adapt my driving style and the car to best suit those conditions,” Maldonado said.

“We have a good balance in the car in wet conditions, even with a damp track, and the time I set in the second session shows that if it rains tomorrow we will be competitive.”

Senna failed to match his team-mate's pace as he struggled to adapt to the changing conditions and missed out on some valuable track time, leaving him sixteenth.

However, the Brazilian, who only ran in second practice, remains hopeful of a strong weekend.

“It was a bit of a frustrating day because the weather was so changeable,” Senna said. “We started on extreme wets but the track dried out very quickly and we then went on to intermediates where our pace was competitive which is promising. Unfortunately we missed the window to get some good laps in on the drying track but overall the car is feeling good and with a bit more set-up work we can have a good weekend.”

Meanwhile test driver Bottas experienced a rough day at the office when he lost control of the car at the stadium section of the circuit in the first practice session and ended up in the barriers.

“Unfortunately the rain affected what we were testing and we had to adapt to the weather, but we still managed to do quite a few laps and completed most of what we were aiming for,” the Finn said.

“The session ended disappointingly for me when I lost the back end of the car coming into the stadium section, locking the rear when I hit the brakes but I want to thank the team as they did a great job to put the car back together for Bruno's afternoon session.”

by Dan Connor




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Drietch - Unregistered

July 21, 2012 3:32 AM

Williams as a stock company must answer to their shareholders on why Bottas is driving FP1. It goes against the interest of the team while benefiting the family of 1 shareholder. If you got any Williams stock you have the right to get answers and we should all do just that! Bottas ran the FP1 in dry for what purpose? What will that help the team and all it's shareholders? Bruno will go into Saturday with not even a single minute of dry drive. The team was pretty much downhill until they went public but Williams are losing money with this nonsense of Bottas driving FP1. NO personal interests should be put before the interest of Williams F1 which is not the case right now and they have compromised the whole year and in special this race results putting personal interests before Williams F1 period.

Monza - Unregistered

July 21, 2012 3:39 AM

"Senna failed to match his team-mate's pace as he struggled to adapt to the changing conditions and missed out on some valuable track time, leaving him sixteenth. However, the Brazilian, who only ran in second practice, remains hopeful of a strong weekend." Clearly Williams are hurting themselves favoring a driver with not even GP2 experience i.e. Bottas taking the car and extreme important track time from the driver who will eventually fight for them for points during the weekend.



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