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Williams Sixth In Constructors’ Championship After Brazilian GP

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Williams moved up into sixth place in the constructors’ championship – taking the position from rivals Force India – after Nico Hulkenberg finish eighth in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The German, who secured a totally unexpected pole position yesterday, said that this was the best result possible in the dry conditions at Interlagos today. “I am happy with that result because I gave it everything today; there wasn't anything left in me to give!” said Hulkenberg. “I was struggling quite a lot with the car, it really wasn't easy to drive, but I kept Kubica behind me all the way.

“The team did a great pitstop and chose the right strategy; we just needed some more car pace. Even though we started on pole, my expectations for the race were to finish between fifth and tenth, so P8 is fine and it means we are now sixth in the constructors' championship.”

Rubens Barrichello had yet another unlucky home grand prix, finishing fourteenth after a run-in with a Toro Rosso and some problems in the pits: “We had a faulty pitstop today which we need to investigate,” said the Brazilian. “I was happy with my pace though. Unfortunately, after one of my overtaking attempts on Alguersuari, he ran over me which destroyed my front tyre so I had to come in again. I just came in too many times to score points.

“I'm sorry for all the Brazilians who came here wanting a different result. All I can say is that I gave it my all until the very end.”

Patrick Head admits that, on paper, the results look disappointing when compared to the teams’ qualifying positions. He said that a combination of bad timing and other unlucky occurrences conspired to leave Williams with just four points to show from their weekends efforts.

“From our grid positions, the results obviously aren't great, but Nico drove well despite struggling with vibrations, and he was driving to the pace of the car,” explained the Williams Director of Engineering. “We were unfortunate with the timing of the safety car because it pulled us too far back in the order and prevented us from possibly challenging Mercedes.
“Rubens' drive was destroyed by a problem pitstop in which we had an issue with the nut on the right rear. He then had a bump with Alguersuari which caused a puncture and required another stop. That effectively put him out of contention for points.
“Many congratulations to Red Bull for winning the constructors' championship.”
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