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Williams: We have ‘high hopes’ for Silverstone 03 Jul 2012

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams Renault FW34.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 10 June 2012 Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams FW34.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Valencia, Spain, Sunday, 24 June 2012 Race winner Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 13 May 2012 Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams FW34 leads as Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31 locks up his brakes in front of Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Valencia, Spain, Sunday, 24 June 2012 Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams FW34.
Formula One Testing, Mugello, Italy, Day Two, 2 May 2012

They may have left the last round feeling frustrated but Williams are confident they will bounce back at their home race at Silverstone this weekend. Driver Pastor Maldonado was fighting for third place in Valencia when he collided with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and brought his podium challenge to a premature end.

“Following our strong showing in Valencia, which unfortunately ultimately ended in disappointment, we head to our home Grand Prix at Silverstone with high hopes,” explained chief operations engineer Mark Gillan. “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.”

Williams believe the tyres chosen for the British race should also suit them well, as they are the same compounds the team won with at the Spanish round back in May.

“Pirelli bring their hard (prime) and soft (option) tyres to this race, which is the same pairing that we used successfully in Barcelona,” added Gillan. “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.”

Maldonado, who clinched victory at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya for the team, is equally optimistic they will be competitive at the British track.

“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,” said the Venezuelan. “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."

Team mate Bruno Senna is also confident that the FW34 will perform strongly at the British track.

“Silverstone is one of my favourite tracks because it’s high speed and flows really well,” concluded Senna. “Our car has good pace at the high downforce tracks and is good on high-speed corners as well so it should suit Silverstone. Whilst we didn't get the result we were hoping for in Valencia we showed that our car can be very competitive and with more updates planned for this race I’m optimistic about what we can achieve.”

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