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Williams have more updates for home race

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Williams will be bringing more upgrades to Silverstone for their home race this weekend and both of the drivers are looking forward to racing on one of their favourite tracks.

Sam Michael explains that the circuit remains as challenging as ever, despite the new arena section that has been added for this year. The Williams technical director also explains the updates the team will be testing, and possibly racing, over the course of the event.

Although Silverstone has undergone some significant layout changes since last year, the traditional, high speed first sector hasn't been touched and remains the circuit's biggest challenge for the drivers and chassis,” he said. “The FW32 will have further upgrades for the British Grand Prix, including an exhaust blown diffuser, rear brake duct and front suspension changes. We’ll evaluate the exhaust during the practice sessions on Friday and will make a final decision as to whether we race it that night.”

Rubens Barrichello was one place off a podium finish in the last race, and says that morale within the team is good. The Brazilian also explained his love for the Northamptonshire track.

“Valencia was a good effort by the team,” said Barrichello. “It was satisfying to see us move forward and I hope that we continue to do so. To help with that, we have more upgrades coming for Silverstone, which I hope will make the car go faster again. There's a good vibe in the team to get us back to where we should be and I'm proud to be a part of that effort.

“I honestly love England and going to Silverstone. I lived in Cambridge for a while to learn the language and to participate in the lower categories so it's fantastic to go back and race at Silverstone. I like the track a lot. I know it's undergone some changes since last year, but I watched the MotoGP on the TV a couple of weeks ago and we still have Becketts, Stowe and Club – I love Becketts!

“I hope we put on a good show for the public and we have good weather; that could be sunshine or rain, either is good for me!”

Nico Hülkenberg was running well in the last race until an exhaust problem forced his retirement. The German has been studying the changes to the British Grand Prix circuit and is looking forward to racing their this weekend.

“I have spent some time at the factory learning Silverstone's new layout in the simulator, but it will be more interesting to see exactly what they've done when we get there,” he explained.

“As I've lived in Oxford for a while now, and because it's just down the road from Silverstone, I kind of see the British Grand Prix as my second home race. I'm looking forward to getting started as I have unfinished business from Valencia.”

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