Williams hoping new upgrades will boost Barrichello in Spa

Williams plan to introduce a new front and rear wing to its FW32, in a bid to boost Rubens Barrichello’s chances in his 300th Grand Prix.

The team currently lies seventh in the constuctors championship, and is hoping that it can build on its recent turn in form to close the gap on its rivals.

“We will have new front and rear wings, plus some mechanical changes for the FW32 for this race.” Technical director Sam Michael said in the team’s Belgian Grand Prix preview. “We’re also looking forward to celebrating Rubens’ 300th Grand Prix in Belgium, an impressive achievement.”

The veteran Brazilian reaches the milestone at the scene of his first pole position in 1994, and expects to compete in many more races for some time to come.

“I feel very privileged to have been in the sport for such a long time and it feels great to reach this milestone,” he said. “I still think I am at the top of my game and plan to continue being competitive long past my 300th GP.”

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg is also looking forward to the race and is hoping to build on his impressive showing in Hungary.

“After Hungary, I spent some time analysing the race weekend with my engineers and have some good data. It was nice to go into the shutdown period with a good result on the score sheets – it’s allowed me to fully relax and I’ve since had a really nice few weeks’ break,” he said.

“We’ve definitely made progress with the pace of the FW32 in recent races and I definitely feel that I’ve upped my qualifying and race performance. This gives me the confidence to feel quite positive about the remaining third of the year.”