Rubens Barrichello led home another two-car finish for AT&T Williams today, crossing the line in 13th position and less than a second ahead of Pastor Maldonado after 52 laps of racing at the British Grand Prix. The changeable conditions made for a difficult start to the race with both drivers initially dropping back from their respective 15th and seventh grid places. However, after some quick and clean pitstops, Rubens’ two-stop strategy moved him ahead of Pastor. The pair then raced to the chequered flag with Pastor closing the gap to just 0.8 seconds as they crossed the finish line.
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
Our pace on the intermediate tyre wasn’t good enough today. Compared to some of the guys in the top ten, our lap times on the dry tyre were respectable, but we just lost too much time in the opening laps to be able to make up any ground. We ran different strategies on the two cars to attempt to do something different to recover but it wasn’t meant to be today. Pastor suffered some damage to his front wing and came home 14th, Rubens one place higher in P13.
We didn’t have the best of starts and fell back quite a bit. Strangely, the car didn’t feel good in the wet and it was a struggle to keep it on the track. It was also difficult to keep up with the guys in front of us. We had hoped for a better result at our home Grand Prix.
It was quite difficult for us today especially with the light rain shortly before the start. Our car set-up was geared towards a dry race so we were compromised from the outset. Towards the end, our performance was better but by that stage it was too late. Unfortunately it wasn’t the best weekend for us.