Williams technical director Sam Michael said he was happy with the team’s decision not to pit Rubens Barrichello during the safety car period in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Barrichello was ninth before the safety car came out and ended the race tenth, having fallen behind team mate Nico Hulkenberg, both Saubers and Jenson Button.
Michael explained the decision not to pit Barrichello:
Our prime reason for not pitting Rubens when the Safety Car was deployed was to avoid doing 55 laps on the softer, Option tyre which, at that stage, we didn’t think would last for that amount of time.
More importantly, if we had stacked both the cars in the pitlane, Nico would have significantly lost out. The strategy we chose maximised the points we collected.
Barrichello was one of few drivers who started the race on hard tyres. Sebastien Buemi did too and he did pit during the safety car period, but his lap times on his new super-soft tyres dropped off before Barrichello’s did on his original medium tyres (see the fastest lap chart to compare).
Michael also expressed satisfaction with Hulkenberg’s performance following his best result of the year so far:
Nico drove a solid race. He was on the correct tyre given the safety car situation, which was a result of him qualifying well on Saturday.
2010 Hungarian Grand Prix