Turkish delight was in limited supply for the team at Istanbul Park today as both AT&T Williams drivers were eliminated from qualifying in Q2. On a difficult circuit for the FW32, Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg recorded the 15th and 17th times of the session and will line up on the eighth and ninth rows of the grid respectively for tomorrow’s race.
Rubens Barrichello: "In a way, we did well to achieve a good balance on the car for qualifying, but we are suffering with our top speeds here. The track doesn’t suit the car as much as Monaco did so we are struggling a little bit more than normal. We are far away from where we want to be, but Williams are fighters. We need to keep that spirit up and keep pushing to get to where we want to be."
Nico Hulkenberg: "It was tough going today. On my second run in Q2, I picked up some oversteer at the exit of turn 7 which put me off line and unfortunately cost me my lap. We are pushing really hard at the moment and trying to squeeze all we can out of the car but we still have plenty of work to do. A lot can happen in the race so I’ll be giving it everything I can."
Sam Michael, Technical Director: "Today’s result is clearly not where we want to be. We're going through the data to look for the main differences to our competitors, but the obvious target is to bring more performance to the car for the forthcoming races. The track engineers will now concentrate on getting a good start tomorrow with a view to getting into the points."