Starts ruin race (Williams race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Both Williams drivers qualified inside the top ten but poor starts condemned them to end the race point-less.

Rubens Barrichello Nico H???lkenberg
Qualifying position 8 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’15.109 (-0.23) 1’15.339
Race position 12 13
Average race lap 1’19.970 (-0.01) 1’19.980
Laps 66/67 66/67
Pit stops 1 1

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Rubens Barrichello

Qualified eighth but was almost half a second slower in Q3 than he’d been in Q2.

Both FW32s were slow off the line, Barrichello lost two places to begin with then another place when he failed to cover off an attack from Kamui Kobayashi at the hairpin.

He ran ahead of Vitaly Petrov after that but the Renault driver got ahead by pitting later than the Williams.

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

Nico H???lkenberg

Like his team mate, H???lkenberg failed to better his Q2 time in Q3 and lost three places at the start, falling to 13th.

Unlike his team mate he ran a very long stint at the start – 34 laps on the super-softs, which suggested Bridgestone’s ‘extreme’ variation in tyre compounds was actually quite conservative.

His lap times had fallen off badly by the time he came in, the team realising there was no point in pitting him sooner as he would still lose the same number of places, and they hoped the safety car might make a useful appearance.

It didn’t, and he came back out of the pits in 14th, picking up one place by the end to finish within six tenths of a second of his team mate.

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

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