Williams race review
The story of Saturday was Nico Hülkenberg’s remarkable pole position.
But on Sunday he slipped back into the pack to finish eighth. That was still enough to move Williams up to sixth in the constructors’ championship.
|Rubens Barrichello||Nico Hülkenberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’16.203 (+1.733)||1’14.470|
Wasn’t able to match his team mate’s astonishing performance after an-off track moment in qualifying:
In these conditions, you need to keep temperatures up in the tyres, but I had a car in front of me going a bit slow so I lost temperature and went off.
Nonetheless he matched his best qualifying performance of the year with sixth.
Passed by Robert Kubica at the start, Barrichello’s race was ruined by a slow pit stop and, later, a puncture following contact with Jaime Alguersuari.
He finished 14th, moving ahead of Felipe Massa and Vitaly Petrov late in the race:
I’m sorry for all the Brazilians who came here wanting a different result. All I can say is that I gave it my all until the very end.
Produced the biggest shock of qualifying so far this year. Hülkenberg blitzed the championship contenders to put his FW32 on pole by 1.049 seconds:
I didn’t expect to be on pole today but the team gave me a car that worked really well in these conditions and I hooked up a tidy lap.
My engineer came over the radio and told me I was on pole, but I couldn’t quite believe it. It’s such an amazing feeling.
Sebastian Vettel passed him off the line to lead and he ran wide under pressure from Mark Webber later on in the first lap and fell to second.
He held out for six laps under more pressure from Fernando Alonso before the Ferrari driver finally found a way by. Lewis Hamilton tried several attempts to pass the Williams but was still behind when Hülkenberg pitted on lap 14.
The team brought him in to cover the pit stops of Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and others. But they couldn’t keep him from falling behind the Mercedes drivers and Button also slipped past.
Hülkenberg kept Kubica behind for the rest of the race to finish eighth for four points which lift Williams to sixth in the constructors’ championship ahead of Force India.
I am happy with that result because I gave it everything today; there wasn’t anything left in me to give.
I was struggling quite a lot with the car, it really wasn’t easy to drive, but I kept Kubica behind me all the way. The team did a great pit stop and chose the right strategy; we just needed some more car pace.
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
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- Vote for the best driver of the Brazilian GP weekend
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- Alonso loses the battle but he’s winning the war
- Poor pace spells end of McLaren’s title hopes
- Hülkenberg eighth after pole position
- Mercedes seal fourth in constructors’ championship
- Brazil sees most race finishers since 1952
- Force India fall behind Williams in teams’ title
- Kubica frustrated by Hülkenberg’s defence
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