August 29th, 2012 (Williams Press / F1plus team).- There is no doubt that the team of Williams has been an intriguing one this year. First, they managed to overcome the team’s almost worst year ever in 2011, with a come-back-to-old form type of performance in 2012.
The disparity in results has been such that even a victory came on the hands of Maldonado at the Spanish GP (frist in 8 years). The Venezuelan has shown signs of superb driving skills and speed, but also poor race management as he has lost valuable points in silly incidents on the track.
On the other hand you have Bruno Senna, who little by little has been improving in getting himself into form, with a conservative approach the contrasts the one of his teammate. Better qualifying performance is key for him.
At this, the team put a much better machine this year, and results are showing. If consistency appears from its drivers, Williams might just end very high on the constructors table, and why not, another podium and even victory might just happen.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: It’s great to be back racing again after the August break and the whole team has been preparing eagerly for the remaining nine races, eight of which are back to back. Spa is a fantastic circuit and an excellent challenge for the drivers and car alike. We’re expecting rain at the beginning of the weekend but are hopeful for a dry qualifying and race. Setting the correct wing level with DRS is crucial around this track and one tends to see a number of different aerodynamic solutions. Pirelli are bringing their hard and medium tyres which were last used way back in Malaysia.
Pastor Maldonado: Spa is a very special circuit for me because I’ve had a lot of success there in the past and I really enjoy the layout. The circuit also has a lot of history so it’s a race that you want to do well at. It will also be interesting to see the performance of the other teams and find out who has made gains since we last raced. I’m looking forward to getting going again after the summer break and hopefully we can build on the good progress we’ve shown so far this season and have a strong run of results in the second half of the year.
Bruno Senna: We’ve had a good streak of races recently and I had a solid result in Hungary so I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going. Spa is one of my favourite tracks and I raced there last year with the Pirelli tyres so that knowledge will help with our performance this time around. Qualifying will be important and I’m looking to get into Q3 like I did in the last race and from there hopefully score some good points for the team.