Williams carrying 'high hopes' to Silverstone
4 July 2012 – Williams are optimistic of a strong home Grand Prix as Formula 1 returns to Silverstone this weekend. The Oxfordshire-based team almost recorded a second podium finish of the season last time out in Valencia, but Pastor Maldonado collided with Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages.
Ultimately, Bruno Senna picked up a single point in Spain as his team-mate lost tenth position because of a penalty. Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan now hopes for more.
“Following our strong showing in Valencia, which unfortunately ultimately ended in disappointment, we head to our home Grand Prix at Silverstone with high hopes,” Gillan begins. “Silverstone is a great circuit, with the highest average corner speed of any circuit in the championship, and is a good challenge for both the driver and car.
“Pirelli bring their Hard and Soft tyres to this race, which is the same pairing that we used successfully in Barcelona. We will also 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.”
Furthermore, Gillan is worried by the ever constant threat of showers.
“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,” he adds.
Williams’ first of 114 Formula 1 victories to date came at Silverstone, with Switzerland’s Clay Regazzoni having taken the chequered flag in 1979.