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Williams Drivers Seeking Improvement Before Qualifying

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Williams finished Friday practice outside of the top ten in Brazil, but the team were relatively happy with the days efforts.

“That was a normal Friday,” explained Director of Engineering Patrick Head as he summed up the day. “We ran through a number of options, some of which proved beneficial for us. Nico did a good long run on tanks so we're happy we've done our homework. I understand it could be wet tomorrow so that could make things interesting for everyone.”

Rubens Barrichello is also expecting rain for qualifying tomorrow, and acknowledges that the team have more work to do after he finished the day eleventh fastest. “Today went ok,” said the Brazilian. “We worked through everything we needed to and tried out various combinations. We need to make some improvements and get everything working for tomorrow as I don't think the car was any faster in the afternoon's session. Typically for Brazil, it's looking like it could be wet tomorrow so we have to prepare for that.”

Thirteenth fastest was Nico Hulkenberg, about two tenths slower than teammate Barrichello. The German rookie did not sound optimistic about making it through into the final part of qualifying: “It looks very competitive out there this weekend so I think it could be quite a difficult task to get into the top ten tomorrow. Personally, I didn't get a very clear run on the option on low fuel today but everything else went well. We still have to improve the car ahead of qualifying so we have work to do.”

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