F1 »

Italian Grand Prix: Williams targets points to end European swing

Williams is pinning its hopes on the FW35's solid straight-line speed in search of points from the Italian Grand Prix.
After another frustrating outing in the Belgian Grand Prix, Williams is hoping that the wide-open stretches of Monza can provide a welcome points boost before F1 heads out of Europe for the final leg of the 2013 season.

The Grove team remains mired in ninth spot in the constructors' championship, and on course for its worst points haul since its formation in 1976, but is confident that its mercurial FW35 may stand a chance of breaching the top ten in Italy.

“Monza marks our last outing before the final 'flyaway' races of the season, so we will be aiming to leave Europe with some more points on the board,” chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar confirmed, “The Autodromo Nazionale is a circuit of extremes and it differs significantly from most F1 circuits. It features the highest top and average speed of all circuits, with the second lowest turn angle of the year and, as always, is a compromise in terms of set-up. Low drag is favoured due to the long straights, although the lack of downforce makes the chicanes tricky!”

Having secured the team's only point to date, with a fortuitous tenth place in Hungary before the summer break, Pastor Maldonado is keen to add to his tally, and admits to an affinity with the historic Autodromo.

“I have a personal affiliation with the area, as I lived very close to the circuit for three years at the start of my career, when I was competing in Formula Renault and Italian F3000, so I enjoy coming back,” he explained, “I also really enjoy driving at circuits that are rich in history and Monza is one of the most historic we visit.

“It's also the fastest track of the season - we will be reaching speeds of up to 340kph [and] most of the corners are high speed, which makes it more of an adrenaline boost as the downforce will be very low on the car, which makes it more challenging to drive. We had a disappointing result at the Belgian Grand Prix, but our car has good straight-line speed so should be suited to this track and, hopefully, we can continue the progress we made in Hungary and score more points.”

For rookie team-mate Bottas, this weekend will be a first chance to sample Monza in a competitive environment, but the Finn, who undertook Friday morning practice there last year, also has good memories of the Italian circuit.

“I have fond memories of Monza as this is where I won the GP3 title in 2011,” he noted, “Hopefully, I can draw upon that experience and have a good weekend.”




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
23.08.2013- Free Practice 2, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
23.08.2013- Free Practice 2, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 during pit stop
20.04.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.