Williams have brought upgrades to Singapore this weekend, and they seem to be helping the Grove squad. The team performed well in both 2008 and 2009, and Rubens Barrichello had a strong run in Friday's second session, posting the 6th fastest time. Both cars sport an enhanced front wing, and on Barrichello's car there is a new diffuser.
Technical Director Sam Michael was pleased with the team's progress. “Even with the circuit being damp for the majority of the first practice session, we still had a productive day” he said. “Our pace looks reasonable, and qualifying will be about traffic management!”.
Barrichello was cautiously optimistic. “We've brought some new parts to the car this weekend, and they are working well, so the factory has done a good job” he said. “Today has been pretty good but there is work to be done tomorrow both in the car and out of it, but we should be up to the job here.”
Nico Hulkenberg was off team-mate Barrichello's pace in the second session, and acknowledged as much, but he was pleased with the upgrades and looked forward to a strong weekend. “We've got some new elements to the package and although we didn't do back-to-back tests today because of the weather, it is pretty clear that they do what they are meant to” he said. “I am a little far away from Rubens on the timesheets, but actually I am not if I put a good option run together. All told, I reckon we can have a good, strong weekend”.