No points again (Williams race review)

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Williams failed to score for the third race in a row in the Canadian Grand Prix and Toro Rosso are now tied with them on points for seventh place in the constructors’ championship.

Rubens BarrichelloNico H???lkenberg
Qualifying position1112
Qualifying time comparison (Q2)1’16.434 (-0.004)1’16.438
Race position1413
Average race lap1’22.443 (+0.016)1’22.426
Pit stops34

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Rubens Barrichello

Made his increasingly predictable bad start – the car’s anti-stall device kicking in – losing three places from 11th on the grid despite two of the cars in front of him taking themselves out.

That left him battling for position with Jaime Alguersuari. The pair made contact – which was missed by the television cameras – as Barrichello explained:

I passed Alguersuari, but he came across me to cover his line too late as I was already there. He hit me with a big, 2g impact. The damage blocked my front left brake duct and when the temperatures climbed, I lost the pedal and had to let cars by until I could pit.

Even after the stop, it took three laps for the brake pedal to come back, so the incident really destroyed our race and it is frustrating for the whole team as we certainly had a car capable of a good finish today.
Rubens Barrichello

Compare Rubens Barrichello’s form against his team mate in 2010

Nico H???lkenberg

Shadowed Barrichello all weekend on a track he hadn’t seen before, qualifying just four-thousandths of a second slower than his experienced team mate.

Got up to ninth at the start but had to make an early stop on lap six having hit Adrian Sutil’s Force India and broken his front wing.

He made his second stop on lap 24 and was summoned back into the pits soon afterwards having broken the speed limit.

Despite all that he was still running tenth but had to make a late pit stop to use the super-soft tyres. That left him out of the points in 13th at the end of the race.

Compare Nico H???lkenberg’s form against his team mate in 2010

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12 comments on “No points again (Williams race review)”

  1. Real shame it all went wrong for them cause in terms of speed they were definately capable of getting some points. Especially a shame about Hulkenburgs drive through, at the time of his final spot he was rapidly gaining ground on the 2 cars in front of him, I think he could have taken 8th without the extra stop.

    Ah well, rookie mistakes and all that ;)

  2. It’s so sad to see Williams so far back… :(!

    1. I have to agree. Don’t expect them to return to their winning days straight away but would be great to see them further up the field.

  3. Hulkenberg really had a good chance of scoring in the race. He made a great start and if it weren’t for drive-through he would have scored…

  4. I did wonder why Rubens let two or three cars through just before one of his pit stops…

    1. Well since he had no brakes I’m guessing he’d already backed off before the pitlane to avoid speeding

  5. I think that Huelkenberg is still a bit too wild, and it struggling to show his worth with the lack of pace of the Williams. But he did pretty well this weekend, especially with qualifying. Germany will have noticed he was in front of MSC.

    In the race he was maybe a bit too aggressive at first, costing him later. But he could have been in the points, and that is a lot better than most races before.

    Barrichello really needs to look at his start issues, they are costing him too much (arguably, they cost him 2nd in ’09 WDC, if not WDC itself). Is it nerves, clumsiness, what?

  6. Maybe a lack of experience? ;)

  7. Charles Carroll
    15th June 2010, 15:58

    It is a shame that Williams is not very competitive nor exciting this year. They’re probably one of the teams I pay the least amount of attention to, simply because they’re not really doing anything of note.

    I mean, at least the Saubers are failing spectacularly! Williams seems to fail with more of a whimper than a roar.

    1. they have been invisible for a decade

  8. ‘I mean, at least the Saubers are failing spectacularly! Williams seems to fail with more of a whimper than a roar.’

    Awesome mate!

  9. Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.

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