Both cars in points (Williams race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Williams had both cars in the points once again, reducing Force India’s lead over them in the constructors’ championship to seven points.

Rubens Barrichello Nico H???lkenberg
Qualifying position 12 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’21.331 (+0.056) 1’21.275
Race position 10 6
Average race lap 1’27.980 (+0.233) 1’27.747
Laps 69/70 70/70
Pit stops 1 1

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Rubens Barrichello

Frustrated by traffic in qualifying, Barrichello started outside the top ten for the first time since Montreal.

Despite opting to run the medium tyres he made an excellent start to run ninth.

But when the safety car came out the team chose not to pit him, feeling the super-soft tyres he would have to switch to would not last the rest of the race distance. They may regret that decision as Sebastien Buemi did just that and, although his times slowed in the final 20 laps, he was not overtaken.

By staying out Barrichello nearly jumped ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa. As it was he spent several laps heading a queue of cars which he fell back into after making his pit stop.

He emerged in 11th behind Michael Schumacher and the former team mates fought bitterly for the final point, Schumacher going to extreme lengths to keep Barrichello behind.

After Barrichello finally squeezed past – despite Schumacher pushing him up to the pit wall, across the pit lane exit and part of the grass – he got on the radio to demand Schumacher’s disqualification. He was even more vehement in his criticism after the race, telling reporters:

If he wants to go to heaven before me ?ǣ if he goes to heaven, I don?t know if he goes to heaven. But if he wants to go before me, go up or down, I don?t want to go before him.
Rubens Barrichello

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

Nico H???lkenberg

Out-qualified his team mate for the third time this year to start tenth, though he was the best part of half a second slower in Q3 than he was in Q2.

Stayed out of trouble on race day to bring the car home sixth – the best result of his F1 career so far.

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

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12 comments on “Both cars in points (Williams race review)”

  1. That quote from Reubens is nearly incomprehensible. Regardless though, glad he made it through unscathed to race another day. I’ll be cheering for him at Spa in his 300th GP! (Schumi not so much).

    1. Well its simple. He said if Schu wants to go to heaven, then he realized there is also a Hell. so he said up or down.

    2. Probably “lost in translation” in Rubens heated head. Can undertand it though, that must have been quite a scare sitting between Schumi and the pit wall.

  2. Wow Barrichello is so dramatic. I guess that’s why people call him whiner (as a pun on winner).

  3. Best comment I’ve seen so far on the incident:


    Saw replay of Rube V Schu: Guy spends 5 years holding the door open for you; you repay that by trying to bury him in a concrete wall. Nice

    1. …and:


      Schumacher is a trending topic. Wonder why? Probably because he is such a good ambassador for the FIA’s Make Roads Safe campaign.

      1. Now, hang on one moment, What utter Rubbish.

        I’m sorry, but it is, he’s on a race track, it’s a completely different situation, Schumacher did wrong, but that particular attack is grossly unfair…

        Look at Lewis in Melbourne for instance… I hope Will attacked Lewis for that.

    2. …and more:

      Schumacher – 10 place grid drop for impeding Barrichello. Add up all the times he’s done that and his grid space for Spa will be in Prague

  4. The best of the race next to Webber, that was very said by Barrichello. That move was the best of the season.

  5. Robert McKay
    2nd August 2010, 11:44

    Interesting to note that Williams are rapidly closing the gap on Force India for 6th in the WCC – Williams’ performance upturn seems coupled with a bit of a downturn at FI along with some plain bad luck and some silly mistakes.

  6. Agreed – I’d like to see them in front of Force India, even though (IMO) they won’t be snapping at the heels of Renault any time soon.

    1. Matt G (lotus fan)
      4th August 2010, 22:11

      There are still a lot of races left in the season so I can see williams taking 6th from FI. It would be nice to see williams doing well again.

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