The AT&T Williams stayed on course with its ambition of achieving double points race finishes and progressing its position in the constructor's championship after the Singapore Grand Prix today. Rubens Barrichello led the team home in sixth place,...
The AT&T Williams stayed on course with its ambition of achieving double points race finishes and progressing its position in the constructor's championship after the Singapore Grand Prix today. Rubens Barrichello led the team home in sixth place, while Nico Hulkenberg put up a determined performance from 17th on the grid to finish the race in eighth* place.
It was a good race and a good collection of points today. It was a pity to drop places off the line, but while my brakes were hot, the lap times were good and I was catching Kubica, but with the interruptions of the Safety Cars I kept losing brake performance, so it was difficult to make any more headway than we managed. In summary, though I think we can be pleased with our performance this weekend.
If someone had offered me eighth place and some points after how qualifying went yesterday, I would have grabbed it! It has been a hard day's work out there, with huge concentration needed for a long race with a car close in front and another close behind for pretty much the entire race distance. But I am pleased with fighting my way through from the back to eighth place and helping the team to move ahead in the championship.
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
It was a good points score from both cars today. Rubens start was poor so he lost two positions immediately. Nico had a great start and first lap. Then on the first Safety Car we decided to split the cars on strategy and it worked out for both of them. Nico did well to score points from his grid position. FW32 has been progressively stronger, and we intend to continue the trend in Suzuka.
Further to a Stewards' enquiry following the Singapore GP, Nico Hulkenberg was adjudged to have left the track and gained an advantage on the opening lap of the race and has been penalised with a 20s penalty.
His final race classification is thus P10.