Barrichello: The race didn’t go as planned

Williams recorded a poor result in the Chinese Grand Prix, with Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg failing to make the points.

After the race Technical Director, Sam Michael, admitted that his team had made some bad strategy calls and that the FW32 just did not have the performance to compete.

Barrichello was twelfth with Hulkenberg in fifteenth.

Rubens Barrichello – 12th: The race didn’t go as planned. I was called into the pits for the intermediate tyres early on, it was a hard call and the race developed from there. I think we made good calls after that but by that time it was too late to recover.

Nico Hulkenberg – 15th: It was a tough race and obviously not very satisfying for the team. Looking at the positives, it was good experience for me to complete the full race distance and experience all of the different conditions that we faced today. In particular, it was helpful to see how the car and tyres handled and we now have some good data for any races which might be similar in the future. Results-wise, though, this is nowhere near close enough to where we want to be.

Sam Michael, Technical Director: It was disappointing not to score points today with either car. Some of the calls on our pitstops were wrong, some were right, but overall we weren’t fast enough and didn’t make the right decisions. Rubens made a good start so we have improved in that area since Malaysia. We’re now looking ahead to Barcelona to take a step forward with our performance.