Malaysian GP team-by-team: Williams

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fifth and seventh on the grid turned into tenth and 12th at the flag in a disappointing weekend for Williams.

Rubens Barrichello Nico H???lkenberg
Qualifying position 7 5
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’51.511 (+0.51) 1’51.001
Race position 12 10
Average race lap 1’43.096 (+1.278) 1’41.818
Laps 55/56 56/56
Pit stops 2 1
Malaysian Grand Prix lap times - Williams
Malaysian Grand Prix lap times - Williams (click to enlarge)

Rubens Barrichello

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.”

Compare Rubens Barrichello’s form against his team mate in 2010

Nico H???lkenberg

After out-qualifying his team mate for the first time, by half a second, H???lkenberg 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.

Compare Nico H???lkenberg’s form against his team mate in 2010