Williams: We adapted the set-up of the car for wet conditions
7 July, 2012
Jul.7 (Williams Press Release) Team and drivers report on qualifying for the British Grand Prix, Round 9 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship, at Silverstone.
• Pastor Maldonado will start seventh on the grid for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix with a time of 1:53.539 at a rain soaked Silverstone circuit.
• Bruno Senna qualified 15th, just missing out on Q3 after slowing for a yellow flag towards the last corner.
• After showing the competitiveness of the FW34 in challenging qualifying conditions, the team are looking for another strong points finish for both cars in tomorrow’s race.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Today was dominated once more by the weather. Based on yesterday’s feedback we adapted the set-up of the car to protect against the wet conditions. The drivers’ feedback was good today and both drivers did well. Bruno had to back off on his last run in Q2 under a yellow flag due to Grosjean’s spin which resulted in him not proceeding into Q3, qualifying in 15th. Pastor pushed hard in Q3 ultimately qualifying in 7th. We now need to concentrate hard to get both cars home in the points.
Pastor Maldonado: The conditions were very difficult because the track was changing all the time and we had to work hard to improve the performance. I was a bit unlucky at the end as I crossed the line just as the chequered flag came out so did one less lap than the others, but we are looking forward to tomorrow. We are competitive and consistent so will be looking to challenge for a strong finish tomorrow.
Bruno Senna: I was able to drive at a really good pace but in the end was just unlucky to catch a yellow flag on my final qualifying lap when I was easily on course to make it well into the top ten and go through to Q3. It’s frustrating but we’ll see what happens with the weather and hopefully we can be competitive and challenge for the top 10 in the race.