Williams achieves double top ten result
28 July 2012 – Hungary marks Williams’ first double top ten qualifying result since the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2010. On that occasion it was Nico Hülkenberg on pole position with Rubens Barrichello sixth. Today, Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna were eighth and ninth.
“Both drivers did very well today in what is an extremely tight and competitive grid,” explained Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan. “We are very pleased to get both cars into the final session of qualifying for the first time this season and look forward to the race tomorrow. The forecast indicates that the race is likely to be wet and the rain could be heavy, especially towards the later stages of the race.”
The result also marks Senna’s first Q3 appearance of the year.
“It’s been a good weekend so far and I’m really happy to be in the top ten for the first time this season,” the Brazilian smiled. “Q2 was extremely close, but we were able to get through. I could have done a better lap in Q3 but I’m pleased with the result and having both cars in Q3 is great. The car has felt consistent and our long run pace is looking good.”
The former Champion squad now aims for a double points finish. It last won the Hungarian Grand Prix when Jacques Villeneuve passed an ailing Damon Hill in 1997.