It was a disastrous race for Williams as both drivers crashed out.
Rubens Barrichello suffered a rear suspension failure while Nico Hülkenberg had a front wing failure in the tunnel after colliding with one of the HRTs.
|Rubens Barrichello||Nico Hülkenberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’15.083 (-0.234)||1’15.317|
|Average race lap||1’28.357|
Reached Q3 and got up to sixth at the start. Lost several places after his pit stop and was unhappy with the car’s handling before his crash:
I had such a good start but the car started to feel really strange after the pitstop. The steering wheel, in particular, didn’t feel normal. The problem continued to get worse and then I crashed. We now have to investigate the car to find out what the problem was.
Replays showed a failure at the left-rear of the car, causing him to lose control. San Michael said the team are still checking what happened:
Rubens had a rear suspension failure. We have a good idea which part is suspect, but to be completely sure, we need to await the results of materials tests back at the factory. However, it won’t be an issue going forward.
Shortly after Barrichello’s crash there was another safety car period as race control inspected what they believed was a loose drain cover. Adam Cooper inspected the area after the race and had this to say on Twitter:
Just been having a look at where Rubens went off. I’m sure the failure was caused by a drain cover he was running over. It’s lethal…
Barrichello also Tweeted about the aftermath of his crash, when his steering wheel bounced into the path of oncoming cars after he removed it:
I [threw] the steering [wheel] because [I] wanted to get out as soon as possible. After the shunt I was facing the wrong side of the track and [the] car was on fire.
Hülkenberg failed to get away at the start of the formation lap with a problem, and so started from the back of the grid behind the HRTs.
He only made it as far as the tunnel on lap one when he crashed heavily. Sam Michael explained:
Nico had a clutch paddle sensor failure on the grid. He then touched the back of the HRT car in turn 1 and this damaged the front wing mounting pillars. When he entered the tunnel, the front wing eventually failed and he understeered off into the wall.
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