by Rob Wilkins
The AT&T Williams F1 team will be giving its all to end the season on a high and try and overhaul Red Bull Racing in the constructors' championship, technical director Sam Michael has vowed ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Grove-based outfit will arrive at the Interlagos circuit for the season finale next weekend with 26 points on the board, three points less than their rivals in Milton Keynes.
While that gap may seem relatively small, recent races haven't gone to plan and disappointingly - especially following Nico Rosberg's second place finish in Singapore, which was backed up with Kazuki Nakajima taking eighth - the squad left both Japan and China empty handed.
"Of course it would be great to get another position in the Constructors'," Sam told Crash.net Radio
recently. "However, we would need things to go our way quite a bit to do that. But we will go there and give it our best.
"To do that over one weekend given how tight it is in the midfield will be a challenge but that is what we have to try and do."
One fact that will boost the AT&T Williams F1 team however, is that historically the Sao Paulo track has generally been kind to them. Indeed Rosberg finished fourth in Brazil in 2007, while the team's last win came there back in 2004 with Juan Pablo Montoya.
"Traditionally Brazil has been a circuit that Williams has done pretty well at," he continued. "That is probably because it is dominated by slow speed corners and although there are a couple of high-speed corners there - one of them is flat-out and the other is just before braking for another corner - the effect of them on the lap time is not large. As such it is a track that plays to Williams' advantages.
"It is a bit bumpy too - but not as much as it was in the past, although it is still bumpier than some of the more 'standard' tracks. Overall then it is a track that suits our car.
"We will try and score the best result possible. We have scored two podiums already this year and you never know when another one could come up, especially if something happens at the front."
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