Barrichello: Upgrades need more work

Rubens Barrichello was encouraged by the pace of his Williams in qualifying for the 2010 British Grand Prix, but believes that more speed must be found.

The veteran Brazilian continued to build on his impressive display in Valencia by qualifying eighth for tomorrow’s race and is expecting to battle closely with those around him on the grid.

Meanwhile team-mate Nico Hulkenberg could only manage thirteenth on the grid for tomorrow’s race after his quick lap was spoiled by the Force India of Tonio Liuzzi.

Rubens Barrichello – 8th: Top eight in qualifying is a good effort by the team. We still have to improve but today’s result is satisfying and probably the best we could hope for. I hope we can get into the top six tomorrow. The cars are all very close, and there aren’t too many overtaking opportunities around the lap, so it’s going to be a good battle. The upgrades are all working well, but they need more development if we are to move higher up the field.

Nico Hulkenberg – 13th: Traffic really destroyed qualifying for me today. As I was going into the first corner on a quick lap in Q2, Liuzzi exited the pitlane under blue flags but didn’t move out of my way. That ruined my lap from the outset as I couldn’t get past him. I also struggled with the car today. I don’t know why and I’ll be looking into that with my engineers now.

Sam Michael, Technical Director: That was a good qualifying by Rubens. It was a shame that Nico didn’t go through to Q3. All the new parts have improved the cars’ pace but, as usual, we need to keep working hard on the whole car package. Our focus is now on the race and scoring points tomorrow.