Williams made a disastrous start to 2011 with both cars qualifying towards the back of the field and being hit by unreliability.
|Rubens Barrichello||Pastor Maldonado|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’26.768|
Having been fifth in the first practice session on Friday, Barrichello’s Q1 pace showed he had the potential to make the top ten.
But he spun off early in Q2 at turn three – where he would come to grief several times during the weekend. That ended his session and left him 17th on the grid.
At the start of the race he was squeezed into the same gravel trap but kept going and was soon after 14th. He had to make an early pit stop with a slow leak on a front tyre which delayed him further.
Barrichello recovered with a gutsy move on Kamui Kobayashi for ninth at turn three. Two laps later, while trying to keep clear of a counter-attack, he braked too late at turn three and crashed into Nico Rosberg.
He was handed a drive-through penalty and later retired with a transmission failure.
Barrichello said: “I had a good rhythm going and was doing quite a lot of overtaking until the incident with Rosberg.
“I wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót planning on overtaking him at that point, I was defending from Kobayashi. I think we have one tyre with grip and one with less and so we have different braking points. Rosberg braked earlier, and was already in the middle of the corner before I could stop the car.”
Maldonado never got within two seconds of Barrichello during practice.
He slipped back from his grid position of 15th at the start and had just recovered the position from Sergio Perez when his transmission failed.
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