Williams Hopes Improvements Will Bring Success at the Spanish Grand Prix

Barry RosenbergContributor IIMay 16, 2011

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello in his Williams FW33
Brazilian Rubens Barrichello in his Williams FW33Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

For Williams Technical Director Sam Michael, success does not necessarily mean putting teammates Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado on the podium in Barcelona.

For the team suffering a terrible start to the 2011 season, four races have passed into F1 History without scoring a single World Championship point. Mr. Michael will probably be quite happy just to have a car finish in the top 10, to earn at least some points. Points mean money in Formula One.

Sir Frank Williams' team is pushing on with relentless determination. Sam Michael reports that the Williams FW33 cars will be equipped with upgrades for the Spanish Grand Prix that they hope will get them into the points.

"Since the Turkish Grand Prix, we have been working on our new rear wings that we ran in practice at Istanbul Park and we will have them on both cars again in Barcelona. In addition to that we'll have new exhaust blown diffusers to test," Sam Michael said.

"Barcelona is a circuit that demands good aero efficiency. It isn't a track that is hard on brakes and with its long high speed corners, the aero efficiency of the cars can be the biggest performance differentiator.

"The circuit layout hasn't been favourable for overtaking in the past—however with the tyre degradation and the moveable rear wing it will likely be different this year."

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced driver in F1, hopes that the upgrades they will have in Spain test well and give them the speed they need to succeed.

"Barcelona is a great racing track and one that people know the most," said Rubens.

"It will be interesting to see how much the other teams and drivers have developed since we were there for the final test in March.

"I hope that we as a team can make a good jump forward in performance with our upgrades in Barcelona. I remain positive that we will."