Williams will be bringing a new rear wing and a new front wing to this weekend’s German Grand Prix as they aim to pick up more points.
They will also bring a revised engine mapping for the re-instated exhaust-blown diffusers to a track where aerodynamic efficiency is particularly important.
“NÃ¼rburgring is a high downforce track with lots of challenging corner sequences, some off camber turns and kerbs,” explains technical director Sam Michael. “Set-up will be focussed on the slow and medium speed corners.”
Rubens Barrichello enjoys visiting the NÃ¼rburgring, a track where he won back in 2002. “NÃ¼rburgring is very special to me as I won there for Ferrari and I really like the track a lot,” said the Brazilian. “The circuit has a lot of camber changes and so it is pretty difficult to get the best car set-up, but that just makes it all the more interesting. There is normally a chance of rain as well which adds another element into the mix.
“I hope we can have a good performing car this weekend and I will be giving my very best to score some points.”
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado obviously races an F1 car here for the first time this weekend, but has raced here before in other series.
“The NÃ¼rburgring is always amazing to visit because of its history, the combination of different technical corners and the fans there,” he said. “I hope to improve on our last result and be more competitive, especially in the race. The second sector is my favourite part of the track as it has high speed, very technical corners.
“I first raced at the NÃ¼rburgring in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2006 and qualified on pole but I had problems in the race. I also raced at the track during my time in GP2, scoring my best result of fourth in 2007.”