Monza debrief with Williams Sam Michael 14 Sep 2010
Williams enjoyed another positive race in Italy, with both Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello making the Q3 cut in qualifying on Saturday and finishing in the points on Sunday. Technical director Sam Michael discusses how the Monza weekend unfolded for the British team and looks forward to the forthcoming Singapore Grand Prix
Q: How satisfying was it to get two cars into the points at the Italian Grand Prix?
Sam Michael: It was a good result, one which shows that we are making solid progress with the whole car package. The FW32 was competitive among the top runners, as demonstrated by Nico's fastest lap time, which was just 0.4 seconds off the quickest.
Q: Both cars had new engines. How much did this help performance along Monza's long straights?
SM: Nico had a new engine, but Rubens had the same one as he used in Spa. It is obviously a significant benefit to have a new engine, and particularly when were racing at these power-hungry circuits.
Q: Hulkenberg qualified eighth and finished seventh. Was this his best overall performance of the year?
SM: Well, Nico finished sixth in Budapest, but he was consistently strong throughout the whole weekend in Monza. I would say then that, yes, his overall performance was his best to date.
Q: Red Bulls Mark Webber said after the race that Nico should have received a penalty for straight-lining the chicanes during their battle for sixth place. What conversations were had with the FIA's race director Charlie Whiting about this?
SM: Nico didn't gain any advantage on the occasions when he went through the chicanes. Buemi did exactly the same while running ahead of Rubens but, because he didn't gain an advantage, he wasn't penalised either.
Q: Of the teams two drivers, Barrichello had the more difficult weekend. Did he have any specific handling problems?
SM: Rubens car was handling similarly to Nico's. Although he didnt have the same pace as Nico over the weekend, he still scored an important point for the team.
Q: Next we go to Singapore. How do you expect the FW32 to perform there?
SM: We have a large upgrade for the FW32 for Singapore. It will be the last upgrade package we will bring to the car this season and we expect it to be competitive.
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