Williams: Silverstone will suit us

By on Monday, July 2, 2012

Photo credit: Williams F1

The Williams FW34 should be ideally suited to Silverstone in this weekend's British Grand Prix.

That is the view of Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Mark Gillan, Williams's chief operations engineer.

Maldonado, winner in Spain, said "I think the track will suit our car because it’s similar to Barcelona and it’s also very fun to drive with sections like Maggots and Becketts which really test you as a driver."

Maldonado also pointed towards the pace of the car in the European Grand Prix as a positive indication of what lies ahead.

"The pace of the car in Valencia was very promising and we have a number of updates expected for this race as well so hopefully we can give the home fans a good result."

Team-mate Bruno Senna agrees.

"Our car has good pace at the high down force tracks and is good on high speed corners as well so it should suit Silverstone", said the Brazilian. "Whilst we didn't get the result we were hoping for in Valencia we showed that our car can be very competitive and with more updates planned for this race I’m optimistic about what we can achieve."

Mark Gillan, who expressed his disappointment at the result in Valencia, hinted at upgrades to the FW34.

"We will bring an updated aerodynamic package to the event which is imperative given the importance of aerodynamic efficiency around this track and how tight the grid is at present."

Gillan also pointed towards which compound tyres will be in use this weekend.

"Pirelli bring their hard (prime) and soft (option) tyres to this race, which is the same pairing that we used successfully in Barcelona"

However, he was cautious with regards to the notoriously fickle British weather.

"The long range forecast doesn’t look particularly promising, predicting a reasonable chance of rain and strong winds throughout the weekend, which could lead to an eventful qualifying and race."

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