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Williams searching for more pace after tricky Friday

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Williams had a challenging Friday in Abu Dhabi as their two drivers struggled to find an optimal set-up, and have plenty of work left to do before qualifying tomorrow.

Rubens Barrichello required a change of engine and finished the day a lowly fifteenth on the timesheets, whilst teammate Nico Hulkenberg emerged from the second session twelfth fastest.

“We have a few imbalances on set-up to attend to, but we will address those tonight,” explained Patrick Head, Director of Engineering. “Rubens' had an engine problem in P1 which resulted in a change for the afternoon, but it is not something which concerns us for tomorrow. The option (tyre) is looking sensitive on high fuel, so there could be some interesting strategies in qualifying and during the race on Sunday.”

Barrichello had little to say about his day in the FW32, but insists that the team will sort out the issues as the weekend progresses. “Today we had a few set-up issues so the car didn't perform as we would have liked it to,” said the Brazilian veteran. “We have a lot of work to do, but we will make it happen.”

Hulkenberg was a bit happier than his teammate, but also knows that there is work to be done before tomorrow’s qualifying sessions. “That was an ok Friday,” he said. “The first session was pretty tricky and I wasn't too happy with the car, but it felt more together in the second session after we adjusted the balance. We aren't exactly where we want to be at the moment; it is really competitive out there this weekend and we need to find a couple of tenths in the set-up. We will see what we can do overnight and during P3 in time for qualifying.”

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