Williams optimistic for a good weekend in Hungary


Williams believe that the FW32 will be well suited to the slow corners of the Hungaroring this weekend and with one driver who has previously won an F1 race here, and the other a winner here in GP2, the team are optimistic of a good result.

The slow, traction-limiting corners of Budapest should suit the FW32 so we’re going there expecting a decent performance,” explains technical director Sam Michael. “We obviously have to make some improvements to our starts set-up, so we’ve been busy analysing and working on that since Germany. During Friday's practice sessions, we will also be testing some new aero parts which we were unable to test in Germany because of the bad weather.”

Rubens Barrichello won this race with Ferrari in 2002 and hopes that he can take a good haul of points away from Hungary on Sunday.

“I like the Hungaroring and I have won there in the past,” said the Brazilian. “Of course the most critical issue is that you have to qualify well to have a good race. The circuit requires a very different set-up and the track surface is pretty bumpy.

We’ll be looking to carry our present momentum on to Hungary. It is not as if we had a bad race last weekend – it is just that the rhythm and pace of everyone is pretty similar, but we ended up in a bad position on the track after the start. I am confident the speed is still with us, we will just need to work hard in Budapest to make sure we are at the front of the pack we are in.”

Nico Hulkenberg topped the GP2 podium here last year and hopes that, on a track where qualifying is of utmost importance, the team can get a good result.

“We have seen that we are pretty competitive in qualifying amongst the group of teams we are fighting against – Renault, Mercedes and Sauber,” said the German. “Hungary puts a major emphasis on qualifying well, so I hope we can do a good job on Saturday and get ahead of this group as it will set us up well for the race on Sunday.

“I won at the Hungaroring last year in GP2, so it's somewhere I am comfortable to race even if the character of the race is defined by the amount of corners and the high temperatures, which makes it a pretty physical test. I feel very positive looking forward to the weekend ahead.”