Williams Collect More Points from Epic Race in Montreal

by David Bean

Williams added another two points to their low but steadily growing tally in Canada after Rubens Barrichello survived a chaotic rain-affected race to finish ninth.

Team-mate Pastor Maldonado was also on course to finish in the points before a collision with Nico Rosberg and then a race-ending spin on the slippery Montreal track.

“After an incident-packed race it was good to score a couple of points,” said Technical Director Sam Michael, looking back over the team’s afternoon in Canada. “The first safety car deployment hurt our decision to put both cars on intermediate tyres that were working out really well. After the long race suspension, the calls to switch to intermediates and then dry tyres were spot on to put both cars into the points. We then had some issues on the re-start that meant we dropped back in the order.”

After a disappointing qualifying session on Saturday, Barrichello was pleased to get some points. However, if it wasn’t for Kamui Kobayashi, the Brazilian feels that he could have finished higher up the order:

“Starting from 16th, I am happy that I managed to score more points for the team,” he said. “Unfortunately, it should have been more but I lost a potential 6th or 7th place when I went offline to avoid Kobayashi after the last safety car went in. He ran wide while overtaking a backmarker and rejoined the track without seeing that I was there. I was then forced offline and lost a lot of positions. That was unfortunate but it was still a good reward to score a couple of points again.”

Maldonado, in contrast, had a race to forget. He summarised the trials and tribulations that contributed to his poor afternoon: “It was a difficult race for me,” exclaimed the Venezuelan. “I had quite a bit of oversteer at the beginning so the car was difficult to manage. When the race was re-started, the car felt better on inters and then even better on the dry tyres. We then had another safety car. When that went in, Kobayashi made a mistake at the first corner, Rosberg braked in front of me in response and I collided with him. That broke my front wing so I had to make a stop. After that, I just spun out on the wet.”

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