Williams has stated that it will focus on preserving brakes in tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix, with Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg qualifying solidly in the midfield.
Barrichello finished the session just out of the top ten in eleventh – one place ahead of his young team-mate.
Rubens Barrichello – 11th:It was good to battle with Nico today and I think the fact that we are so close shows that 11th and 12th was the best we could achieve today and we should be happy that we got the upmost from the car. For the race tomorrow, I know from experience that the race really demands that you look after your brakes, so I am confident that together with the tyre issues here that there will be a good opportunity to do well if we get everything right.
Nico Hulkenberg – 12th: I think 11th and 12th is a pretty good outcome today – not of course what we want, but we extracted the most from the situation and for me at least, the track this afternoon was in the best shape it has been all weekend. Although it was a little frustrating to just be pipped by Rubens, I am confident that the tyre management issues will provide lots of strategy options and should make for an interesting race and plenty of opportunity for us tomorrow.
Sam Michael, Technical Director: We made a good progression from practice to qualifying today and only missed out on the top ten by a narrow margin. Now we’re concentrating on our race strategy and tyre selection, which will be critical for the race.