Hungaroring debrief with Williams Sam Michael 01 Aug 2011
Very changeable track conditions turned Sundays Hungarian event into something of a lottery. Unfortunately for Williams, both Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado lost out in the excitement. Making five trips each to the pits, Barrichello and Maldonado came home in 13th and 16th places respectively. The teams technical director Sam Michael reviews the action in Budapest
Q: How would you sum up the performance of the FW33 at the Hungaroring?
Sam Michael: We have improved since the Nurburgring with some changes we made to the car. That was evident from our dry lap times but we just didnt pull it together to get points in the race.
Q: How was the car's tyre wear on the soft and super-soft rubber?
SM: Our wear rate on the super-soft options was high but on the soft prime tyre it was good.
Q: Both drivers made places away from the line. Did the clean side of the grid help them, or has the team improved its starts?
SM: There was not a great deal of difference between the left and right sides of the grid due to the wet weather. Although our starts were good, both drivers then handled the first lap of the race well.
Q: Barrichello lost part of his front wing early in the race. What was that part and how did it impact on performance?
SM: Rubens front wing end plate was damaged early on and that degraded badly during the race. It was certainly not good for performance, but we chose not to change it in the early stages of the race because of the additional time loss that would have resulted in us losing the chance to score any points.
Q: Maldonado was given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane at his first pit stop. A technical glitch, or driver error?
SM: It was driver error. He didnt push the pit limiter button in time which resulted in him receiving the penalty.
Q: Both drivers stopped for inters on Lap 50, only to stop again several laps later for dries. Talk us through that strategy call
SM: The track reached a level of humidity where both drivers called for intermediate tyres. It was raining, but within two laps it started to ease off so it turned out to be the wrong call.
Q: The four-week summer break comes next. How much work can the team do during that time?
SM: We have a two week shutdown now but after that we will prepare for Spa-Francorchamps.
Q: The Belgian event is the next race on the calendar. What are your hopes for the FW33 at Spa-Francorchamps?
SM: We have some new aero parts, front and rear wings plus some suspension updates for Belgium.
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