September 5th, 2011 (F1plus Team).- The wait is over, the race at the fastest track in Formula One is here. The “old one”, the circuit of Monza, will host the 1eth round of the season. In a place, were cars exceed 320kph at four different points on the lap, the combination of straight-line speed and braking stability is paramount for race engineers and drivers.
Team Williams is aiming to lengthen its good momentum. Last race at Spa-Francorchamps, Maldonado score his first careers point in Formula 1,and this circuit with less downforce -giving the lack of hight speed corners- provides another chance for the Venezuelan and Barrichello to fight for points.
One can tell that the team is little by little gaining a little bit of that really needed confidence. Poor results and bad luck as been present on and off during the season, a trend the team hope to cut. “The car feels completely different at Monza,” says Rubens Barrichello. “The lack of downforce helps acceleration and it feels like someone has put a 3-litre V10 in the back when you first go on the track. The car moves around a lot more than normal as well, but you quickly get used to it.”
Sam Michael, Technical Director: Monza is such a unique circuit that we design and manufacture front and rear wings specifically for use only at this event. The lowest drag aero set-up is used in combination with a mechanical set-up that is optimized for kerb riding. Overtaking should be common given the long straights and DRS.
Rubens Barrichello: Monza is a circuit that I like very much. Having good brakes and traction are important factors here so setting the car up becomes crucial for a good race. Having won there in the past, I really look forward to racing in Monza again. The tifosi also make it feel very special.
Pastor Maldonado: Monza is a very special circuit for me and I have great memories of winning there in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2006. I used to live very close to the track so I am looking forward to seeing many Venezuelan and Italian friends there this weekend. It is a wonderful track, especially because it is so quick, one of the quickest of the year. It is a low downforce circuit so you need a good aero balance for that. As we showed at Spa-Francorchamps, our car is working well on these types of tracks so I hope to be in the points again this weekend.