A quick selection of pre-Catalunya quotes from two teams struggling at the wrong end of the grid. Williams, who aren’t used to it, and Hispania, who aren’t used to anything else.
The Grove based outfit didn’t use all of their proposed updates for Turkey and will be carrying them over to Spain. We assume also with the hopes that Rubens can get his act together and Pastor doesn’t finish behind a Lotus/put in the gravel/disappoint entirely (delete where applicable).
Rubens Barrichello: “Barcelona is a great racing track and one that people know the most. It will be interesting to see how much the other teams and drivers have developed since we were there for the final test in March. I hope that we as a team can make a good jump forward in performance with our upgrades in Barcelona. I remain positive that we will.”
Pastor Maldonado: “It is going to be a very interesting race as we’ve had more time to develop the car now so we will see what we can do in Barcelona. We have more data as we tested there over the winter, so I think that will make it slightly easier than it’s been at the previous races. I think it will be easier from my point of view as well because I’ve already driven the FW33 there. We will continue to work on the new upgrades to see what a difference they can make. I really like the circuit. I think it is one of the best as it is a very complete, technical track with a good mixture of high and low speed corners.”
The gap between the Spanish minnows and Virgin was shrunk ever so slightly but the battle between the backmarker is still well and truly on. Both HRT drivers are looking forward to new parts, and according to Nahrain, a lot of home crowd cheer.
Nahrain Karthikeyan: “The Spanish Grand Prix is a home grand prix for the team so undoubtedly this will be a special race. Last time I raced here, in 2005, I really enjoyed the track and the atmosphere, this time round with the Hispania Racing fans in the crowd cheering us on it will be even more special. It would be a huge boost to our fans if we were to do well in Barcelona, I am hopeful that the new updates on the car will take us the next step in a positive direction. The support from the fans is nice but we still need to work as hard as ever to have a good weekend, there are no shortcuts to that”.
Vitantonio Liuzzi: “It’s great to race in a home grand prix because the support from the crowd gives you a real boost. “The Spanish Grand Prix is the best opportunity to show the world and the fans that Hispania Racing is putting a lot of effort into the team, now and for the future, and is on the right path for success. Barcelona is also an important race because we’re at a stage in the Championship where you start to see the real pace of all the teams as pretty much everyone has some upgrades and you can judge better everyone’s pace”.