Q&A with Cosworths Mark Gallagher 30 Jun 2010
Cosworth enjoyed a satisfying European Grand Prix around the streets of Valencia on Sunday, with Williams Rubens Barrichello taking fourth place in his Cosworth-powered FW32. The result was the highest placed finish for a Cosworth-powered driver since David Coulthard took fourth for Red Bull in the 2005 European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. It was also Cosworths best result of 2010 so far. Mark Gallagher, Cosworths F1 Business Units General Manager, reflects on their weekend
Q: Cosworth must be pleased with Rubens Barrichellos fourth place on Sunday?
Mark Gallagher: It was a strong performance from Rubens and the AT&T Williams team and a satisfying race result for all of us. Rubens had a good race and fought well to defend his position from the Renault of Robert Kubica with fourth place a welcome reward for his efforts. The performance of both Williams drivers showed that we have made another step with the overall package and it was good to see both drivers reach the final part of qualifying.
Q: But disappointment in the race for Barrichellos team mate, Nico Hulkenberg...?
MG: Yes it was a disappointing end for Nico. He had a good qualifying result and just pipped Rubens for eighth by virtue of setting his lap time earlier in Q3. The early stages of his race were also promising and he was running in a solid points-paying position before his retirement. Williams have said that they will be investigating the failure to its exhaust. I think everyone was disappointed for Nico and the missed opportunity to get both cars in the points.
Q: How did the rookie teams - Virgin Racing, Lotus and HRT - fare?
MG: Each of the rookie teams again found positives to take away from what was just their ninth race in Formula One. Virgin Racing established themselves as the top rookie team in the race with a two car finish. It was a shame that Timo Glock was penalised 20 seconds and ultimately lost a place but Lucas di Grassi had a faultless afternoon and was able to show the continued developments of the Virgin-Cosworth package.
Lotus Racing had a good qualifying but the end to their race was disappointing with both drivers involved in on-track incidents, the most highly publicised of which was the one involving Heikki Kovalainen and Mark Webber. We are thankful both drivers escaped unharmed. It was also great to see the team celebrating the 500th Formula One race for the Lotus name. Cosworth has shared many success stories with Lotus and we are committed to helping them achieve their Formula One goals in their latest guise.
HRT was also able to celebrate another two-car finish, proving the reliability of their chassis and the Cosworth CA2010, which was particularly important for their home race. The work that Cosworth has carried out with the new teams in these first nine races of the year have been very rewarding and will prove valuable in moving their respective programmes forward.