Williams trusts it can keep momentum
|By Jonathan Noble||Tuesday, July 27th 2010, 10:22 GMT|
Williams has high hopes that it can maintain its recent promising form at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix - as it targets an improvement to its starts.
Both Williams cars qualified in the top ten in Germany last weekend, but the team's hopes of a decent finish were ruined by poor getaways from Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg.
The team reckons that if it can get on top of its start problems then there is every reason it can continue to deliver decent point-scoring finishes.
"The slow, traction-limiting corners of Budapest should suit the FW32 so we're going there expecting a decent performance," said technical director Sam Michael.
"We obviously have to make some improvements to our starts set-up, so we've been busy analysing and working on that since Germany. During Friday's practice sessions, we will also be testing some new aero parts which we were unable to test in Germany because of the bad weather."
Barrichello acknowledges that the tight layout of the Hungaroring means qualifying will be vital - but he is upbeat about the progress the team has made.
"I like the Hungaroring and I have won there in the past," he said. "Of course the most critical issue is that you have to qualify well to have a good race. The circuit requires a very different set-up and the track surface is pretty bumpy.
"We'll be looking to carry our present momentum on to Hungary. It is not as if we had a bad race last weekend - it is just that the rhythm and pace of everyone is pretty similar, but we ended up in a bad position on the track after the start. I am confident the speed is still with us, we will just need to work hard in Budapest to make sure we are at the front of the pack we are in."