Michael wants Silverstone bumps eased

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Williams technical director Sam Michael said the bumps at Silverstone must be reduced before next year’s race.

Michael said:

The new layout was very bumpy. That improved as rubber was laid during the race, but it?s something that needs to be addressed for 2011.

On a positive note, I was impressed by how the new layout seemed to promote overtaking during the race.
Sam Michael

Rubens Barrichello complained about the bumps after practice as did some other drivers.

However the track was also criticised for being too bumpy before the recent upgrade work. In 2007 Massa warned “they really need to resurface it straight away otherwise we will have trouble.”

Michael added he was happy with Barrichello’s contribution to the development of the car so far but there was still a lot of work to do:

Rubens is doing a great job driving our development programme as well as delivering strong qualifying performances and race results. We are very satisfied with his contribution to the team as a whole and specifically with the role he is playing when it comes to which direction we take with the car.

We aren?t happy with our first half performance, it hasn?t been good enough. We’re playing development catch-up with the whole car package. That work does seem to be paying off now, but there’s still a lot more work to do.
Sam Michael

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