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Re: Malaysian GP - Race
Posted by: panchopepe
Date: 25/03/2012 22:46
There are more positive things to get out of this weekend for Williams in comparison with several other teams (except Ferrari and Sauber).

Our car is a very good one, and we have drivers who can use it to climb up grid positions confidently.

Both Bruno and Pastor managed to come up from 20th all the way to the top 10, passing several world champions.

Mistakes (crash, pit box) and exceptional circumstances (Pasta's engine smoking) conspired against us, but look the errors of many other teams and drivers.

What Button did crashing into Karthikeyan's HRT, is not normal for such an experienced driver. But crazy changing conditions can mess up the mind of even world champions like Jenson. If it had been Pastor or Bruno, many in this forum would have been very happy, and pulled out the "sack em both" card.

It was disappointing to hear Vettel use words like "cucumber" and "idiot" with Narain. The indian could have said something like that against Button, who totally ruined the chance of a promising performance for HRT.

Now, how come Lewis didn't win? There you have an excellent driver with the best car on the grid, outpaced by an almost rookie in an inferior car, and a crappy Ferrari.

Mercedes? what a joke! Michael from 3rd to 10th!

Lotus? Don't get me started!

The thing is that this crazy weekend was a disaster for several teams because of the rain.

Sauber was lucky, very lucky. They gambled on tires and it worked for them, but it could have also gone very bad. The thing is that everything went perfect for them with the changing weather, while for most others one or more things went wrong. of course, they have an excellent driver in P้rez.

But remember that Pastor convincingly outpaced P้rez in GP2, so if that had been Pastor in the Sauber, he could have delivered a similar or better performance.

If the track had been like at Melbourne, Perez could have also crashed following Alonso.

If the Melbourne track had been as wide and with big runoff areas as Sepang's, Pastor would have passed Alonso last week and might have been challenging for 5th.

Perez ran wide at turn 9, then came off completely at turn 12, and then in the final laps went out track at turn 13. If it had been at Melbourne, he would have crashed out. So, even he made mistakes that could have been fatal.

What ifs, what ifs... The point is that Williams did manged to get something good out of the crazy race, and again show we do have good pace. In normal conditions, we should excel.

Regarding being a Williams supporter: It should be about supporting both the team and our drivers. Criticizing when deserved, objectively and taking things in context.

I would not, for instance, ask for a change in engine supplier after the failure in Pastor's Renault this weekend.

What if the engine problem Pastor had could be traced to a single mechanic who didn't tighten a nut properly? Would we ask for him to be sacked? Really? and spend the time it takes to acclimatize and train a new one?

In Nakajima's case, the guy had plenty, plenty of time to give glimpses of decent performances, and never delivered. No one could have been a fan of him after so many weekends not using the decent car that he had and being outpaced by such a large margin by his teammate. But with our current two drivers, the case is different. They have shown good pace, especially Pastor for now, and all they need is more experience. Things that come out naturally for guys like Alonso, Button, Raikkonen, etc, due to their multi-year experience in F1, for our guys, those are mental exercises, and they have to think them through until they developed into a reflex-like thing.

I am sure that when Bruno gets more familiar with the team, his qualy performance will improve.

Williams is not a top team at the moment. To be "wondering" what it would be like to have XYZ in the car to see what they can do, is just a fun exercise of the mind, but not grounded in reality.

We are good as we are right now. We are in an upward trend, and future races will show that we are back in the strong midfield.

Both Melbourne and Sepang have been two weird anomalies that do not fully reflect how the season will progress.

Lets hope development pace is as good or better than other teams.

I really won't miss Sam Michael's stupid comments about trying new parts that end up not working, and "this track should suit us" crap. I really sense the new tech guys know what they are doing much more than Sam.

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