Williams: Unreliability still a problem

2011 German GP team review

Barrichello’s oil leak was Williams’ fifth retirement due to a technical problem this year – and he had a KERS glitch in qualifying too.

Rubens Barrichello Pastor Maldonado
Qualifying position 14 13
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’33.043 (+0.408) 1’32.635
Race position 14
Laps 16/60 59/60
Pit stops 0 2

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 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
Rubens Barrichello 108.624 101.875 101.705 100.154 100.05 99.932 99.966 99.679 99.795 100.203 100.581 100.484 100.228 100.06 100.699 119.594
Pastor Maldonado 109.4 102.318 101.176 100.483 100.007 100.01 99.87 99.729 99.987 100.374 99.91 100.326 100.908 100.595 102.534 117.984 98.039 98.318 98.043 97.948 98.129 99.264 101.131 98.916 98.59 98.895 98.468 98.556 98.724 98.738 98.668 99.022 99.167 99.517 101.658 116.527 98.929 98.547 100.317 99.705 100.549 98.506 98.384 100.23 98.414 98.276 97.964 97.988 97.731 97.568 97.588 101.081 98.971 98.185 98.119 98.094 98.019 97.868 98.357
Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Nurburgring, 2011

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Nurburgring, 2011

Rubens Barrichello

Struggled in qualifying without KERS, but gained three places at the start. However he was demoted a place by Kamui Kobayashi on lap three.

But his race ended early with an engine problem: “The team came on the radio and called me in with an oil leak,” said Barrichello.

“I wanted to continue but the team said there was no way and that was the right decision.”

This was the team’s fifth retirement from a race with a technical problem this year, the most of any team on the grid (Lotus also have five).

Rubens Barrichello 2011 form guide

Pastor Maldonado

Maldonado fell behind Barrichello at the start and was running 11th when he became the first driver to switch to medium tyres on lap 35.

He lost time on the harder tyres and wasn’t able to take back the three places lost during his final pit stop.

Maldonado said the race was “really tough”.

“We were quite competitive in the second stint on a new set of [soft] tyres but then when we went onto the [medium] tyres for the last stint we were losing time. Our pace wasn?t as good and we lost a few places.”

Pastor Maldonado 2011 form guide

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23 comments on Williams: Unreliability still a problem

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th July 2011, 11:20

    Is there any hope for Williams this year?

  2. Gill said on 25th July 2011, 11:40

    It certainly proves that a team needs money and good resources to be competitive in F1. Williams lacks both.
    ANd they should get rid of Barrichalo.

  3. Coefficient said on 25th July 2011, 12:19

    I think they’ll fair better with the new design team. I predict sold midfield performance from Coughlans first car for the team and good development.

  4. Eggry (@eggry) said on 25th July 2011, 12:30

    Hope better next year.

  5. Marco said on 25th July 2011, 13:54

    Pity about Rubens and the mechanical failure, he was yet again ahead of Maldonado in race, as usually… :)

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 25th July 2011, 17:26

    When Barrichello was being interviewed, he said his engineer shouted for him to stop but he continued for two more laps and he was being shouted at all the time!

  7. daykind said on 26th July 2011, 18:57

    Williams have to be the disappointment of 2011. Though MAL is better than HUL.

    • bosyber said on 26th July 2011, 19:49

      That’s about the only positive for them: he brings money, and is solid in between bits of good driving (when the car allows). And he keeps beating Barrichello in qualification – but that’s maybe bad news about the later.

      At least they have some low-fuel potential, if only they can get the whole package together for once. Oh, right, that has been their problem for about a decade now, really.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th July 2011, 22:46

    The only thing I remember about Williams from the race was my girlfriend complimenting their livery.

  9. BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th July 2011, 9:37

    Could have been worse then Andew!

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