Fifth and seventh on the grid turned into tenth and 12th at the flag in a disappointing weekend for Williams.
|Rubens Barrichello||Nico Hülkenberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’51.511 (+0.51)||1’51.001|
|Average race lap||1’43.096 (+1.278)||1’41.818|
A bad start – not unlike some of his dreadful 2009 getaways – saw Barrichello plunge from seventh to 22nd. The team gambled on a very early pit stop to make up places, bringing him in on lap seven, but that only got him as far as 12th before he had to make a second pit stop.
Barrichello said he “[didn't] know what happened at the start,” and added, “our car was just not competitive. We lost a nice opportunity today.”
After out-qualifying his team mate for the first time, by half a second, Hülkenberg lost two places at the start with too much wheel spin.
An electrical problem meant he had to have his steering wheel replaced at his first pit stop, which prevented him from altering the mixtures on his engine. That dropped him behind the rising Ferraris and Jenson Button, and he lost a further place when he was overtaken by Jaime Alguersuari.