Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2011

Williams: New parts but no points

2011 British GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Despite the rain-hit practice on Friday Sam Michael said Williams were still able to complete their evaluation of new diffusers, exhausts, engine settings and a new front wing. All the new parts were kept on the cars.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 15 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’33.119 (+0.531) 1’32.588
Race position 13 14
Laps 51/52 51/52
Pit stops 2 3

Williams drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52
Rubens Barrichello 130.379 115.552 115.318 115.968 115.793 114.836 115.108 114.775 114.113 115.555 110.333 132.258 108.601 105.392 104.45 104.031 103.159 102.188 101.58 101.023 100.694 100.461 100.304 99.945 99.904 99.893 100.489 100.299 100.384 100.272 98.389 117.234 97.33 97.074 97.476 97.172 96.927 96.733 97.689 97.52 98.455 97.875 98.088 98.221 97.963 98.214 99.016 99.005 100.177 99.183 99.474
Pastor Maldonado 122.902 116.067 114.531 116 114.803 116.822 114.854 114.303 114.524 113.561 108.424 132.35 108.084 105.311 103.968 102.695 102.51 102.977 103.618 103.363 100.856 100.962 100.798 96.487 118.358 100.6 98.866 99.452 99.875 99.38 99.967 99.248 99.061 99.208 96.375 117.119 99.366 97.492 97.292 97.543 97.036 97.413 97.253 97.228 98.924 97.604 97.037 97.185 97.3 97.574 98.572

Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello was frustrated to miss Q3, saying: “I had traffic at the end of my first timed lap in Q2 which damaged my second timed lap as well.

“When a track like this is drying out you can lose everything so it?s very unfortunate that happened.”

Both cars started poorly, Barrichello dropping four places to 19th. The FW32s struggled for pace in the wet conditions, as Sam Michael explained:

“Our pace on the intermediate tyre wasn’t good enough today. Compared to some of the guys in the top ten, our lap times on the dry tyre were respectable, but we just lost too much time in the opening laps to be able to make up any ground.”

Barrichello made some progress via the pit stops to finish 13th.

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2011
Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2011

Pastor Maldonado

Seventh in qualifying was his best result of the year so far. But he was down to tenth by the end of lap one.

Struggling on the intermediate tyres, he then was passed by Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez over the next five laps.

He picked up damage on his front wing endplate while battling with Kamui Kobayashi, Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi on lap 19.

The team ran Maldonado to a three-stop strategy, which left him behind Barrichello, who stopped twice. There was just eight-tenths of a second between them at the line.

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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