The AT&T Williams team had a points-scoring finish to the Turkish GP in Istanbul today, with Nico Rosberg proving highly competitive in the tightly contested rivalry between BMW, Renault & Williams by finishing in 7th place and advancing his ...
The AT&T Williams team had a points-scoring finish to the Turkish GP in Istanbul today, with Nico Rosberg proving highly competitive in the tightly contested rivalry between BMW, Renault & Williams by finishing in 7th place and advancing his position in the Driver's World Championship by two places. Strong racing and intelligent strategy saw Rosberg leapfrog the BMW of Kubica in his second pit stop.
Alex Wurz climbed three positions from his grid slot with a solid run, but starting in P14 meant that he had little opportunity to promote his cause beyond his eventual finishing position of 11th.
"Before this weekend started, I didn't expect that we would finish the race in 7th, so I am very pleased - it was a great race. I am also very happy to have beaten Kubica in the BMW - I didn't expect him to pit before us and we beat him fair and square."
"Towards the end of the race it became more difficult, but the car handled pretty well and the tyre graining was there for a shorter time than I anticipated, so I could continue to push hard. It was great to win two points for both Championships and now I am looking forward to Monza, hoping that we can add to our points tally."
"My start was good and I felt comfortable on my first set of tyres which allowed me to attack. After the first stop, however, it was really close because a lot of people who were on a one-stop strategy went past me and that obviously cost me a bit of time. Ninth may have been possible and so I was pushing from first to last lap, heat is never an issue for me, even if mentally it was a bit tough today. But my nature is always to push! Congratulations to Nico who really had a fantastic drive."
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
"Nico had a good drive today and did everything right. He also had a good strategy which earned him a place, so we have gained a couple more useful points. Alex did the best job he could from his starting position on the grid and it was also good to have no problems on either car."
Nico Rosberg: 7th
+55.778 (Fastest lap 1:28.536, 6th)
Chassis/engine: FW29-05 H170
Alex Wurz: 11th
+79.628 (Fastest lap 1:28.737, 8th)
Chassis/engine: FW29-03 H151