Williams Monaco GP Qualifying Report

Circuit de Monaco


Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello demonstrated their command of the streets of Monte Carlo this afternoon to deliver AT&T Williams’ strongest qualifying performance of the season so far.

Pastor Maldonado, AT&T Williams
Pastor Maldonado, AT&T Williams

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Pastor cleared Qs one and two with ease to lead the team into Q3 for the second race in succession. With a fastest lap of 1:16.528, Pastor will line up in ninth position on the grid. Traffic compromised Rubens’ efforts to set a fully competitive lap time in the closing stages of Q2. Excluded from a place in the top ten by less than three tenths, Rubens will start his 19th Monaco Grand Prix in P12.

Sam Michael, Technical Director:

Obviously our first thoughts are with Sergio Perez and the whole team wishes him a quick recovery. Pastor did well to qualify in the top ten again today. Two races in a row shows strong progress. Monaco requires a car with good mechanical balance, maximum downforce and plenty of concentration from the drivers. We have work to do but we're heading in that direction.

Rubens Barrichello, AT&T Williams
Rubens Barrichello, AT&T Williams

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Pastor Maldonado:

I’m happy! We were consistent in Q1 and Q2 and I made it into Q3. It was very tight at the end of the session because of the red flag; we had just over two minutes to do our lap, so I’m pleased with ninth. We’ve been competitive throughout the weekend and we squeezed 100% out of our package again today. Our pace is strong and I will do my best to get us into the points tomorrow. I hope Sergio is ok and wish him well.

Rubens Barrichello:

The car felt ok but it seemed quicker on older tyres. When I went onto new tyres I didn’t get the grip I was expecting. That was the difference today and I’m a few tenths behind. It was strange and we need to understand why that was the case. I need the car to stick to the ground as much as possible. That is what I am looking for. Strategies are going to play a big part tomorrow. We all hope Sergio is ok.

Source: Williams

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Pastor Maldonado , Sergio Perez
Teams Williams
Tags barrichello, maldonado, monaco gp, monte carlo, williams