Barrichello Gives Blunt Assessment of Williams’ Friday Performance in Monza

Rubens Barrichello was clearly dissatisfied after finishing Friday practice at Monza down in fifteenth place on the timesheets today.

“We weren't fast enough today unfortunately,” said the Brazilian. “We need to work hard tonight to see what we can do this weekend.”

Team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who finished the day one place behind Barrichello, also recognises that Williams will have to work hard to improve their chances of a decent result at this Italian Grand Prix.

“It was a hard day and it's been very hot,” commented the Venezuelan. “We completed our programme so that is positive but we need to work hard to get a good balance for qualifying and the race.”

Williams technical director Sam Michael explained what the team had been focusing on over today’s two 90-minute practice sessions, but did not make a comment on the pace of the FW33.

“Today we evaluated different rear wing levels over long runs to set our level correctly for the race,” said Michael. “With high temperatures predicted all weekend, we also had to check all the cooling systems onboard. Both the medium and soft tyres are working well, but there is some blistering evident that we’ll have to manage during the race.”