Today’s Spanish Grand Prix resulted in another two car finish for AT&T Williams. From ninth on the grid, Pastor Maldonado lost position off the line and then time in the pitlane; a sticking rear jack costing him valuable seconds during in his second stop.
A four stop strategy compounded his afternoon, leaving him out of sync with the mid-field and in P15 at the finish. Rubens Barrichello’s race concluded in P17 following KERS and tyre wear issues.
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
Although our end positions don't look like it, we are improving but it is extremely tight in the midfield. If you don't get it right, you end up 15th instead of 10th. The main thing for us now is to keep focussed and to improve the upgrades we bring to the car. Over the next couple of races in particular we need to get the front and rear wings and the diffuser working. Today we had a problem with the rear jack on both cars so we will look into that before Monaco.
It was a difficult race. We didn’t have a great start, which is something we need to work on. We then struggled to keep on the pace and unfortunately our strategy didn’t help us. But we finished the race and so we now have more data to work with. We need to push hard and concentrate on improving our race pace for Monaco.
I had a very tough race. Starting on primes meant the base wasn’t good but we had the option so it should have been better at the end. Unfortunately, we had more problems today. First, during the pitstop and then with KERS again, which lost us a lot of time. That’s another race with no points. We need to improve.