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Following their worst season on record in 2011, Williams appears to be back in dramatic style this year. After a near-miss with Pastor Maldonado in Melbourne and sixth place with Bruno Senna at Sepang, Shanghai has seen the Grove team seal its first double points finish since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix.
Back at Yeongam two seasons ago, it was Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg who made the most of dramatically changeable conditions. On this occasion, Senna and Maldonado came from grid positions of 14th and 13th on an all-dry afternoon.
“It was a great result for the team to finish with two cars in the points today,” the Brazilian kicked off, having damaged a front wing end plate in first-corner contact with Felipe Massa's Ferrari.
“It was a tough race and tyre wear was high. Our strategy worked for us today but we’re still learning and improving together. We aim to continue to get better throughout the next few races.”
“It was very tough today,” the Venezuelan admitted. “I lost places at the start and it was difficult to overtake but we had good pace. We were able to fight all the way to the end so I’m happy to get some points. It was a great result for the team.”
Three races into 2012, Williams sits seventh in the Constructors’ Championship. Team Principal Sir Frank Williams will celebrate his 70th birthday on Monday.
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