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Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief

By Williams F1 Team
March 27 2012

Williams F1 scored its first points of 2012 in the Malaysian Grand Prix. The wet-dry race required the team to think on its feet and react to the track conditions, which it managed well. Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan talks us through an encouraging race weekend for the team.

 
 Williams F1 Malaysian GP Debrief
 

Williams F1 scored its first points of 2012 in the Malaysian Grand Prix. The wet-dry race required the team to think on its feet and react to the track conditions, which it managed well. Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan talks us through an encouraging race weekend for the team.

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:

Q: How would you sum up the overall performance of the FW34 around Sepang?
MG: Overall I am very pleased. It was a difficult weekend to manage due to the weather, especially in the race, but both the car and drivers did well in the changeable conditions and it is pleasing to come away from Malaysia with eight points. The FW34 was particularly strong on the green, drying track.

Q: Bruno drove well to go from 23rd at the re-start to 6th. What were the decisive moments in the race for him?
MG: Bruno had an excellent drive and critically he managed his intermediate tyres very well on the drying track which allowed us to extend this stint and switch to the medium dry tyre at the optimal moment.

Q: How difficult was it to judge the call for slick tyres during the race?
MG: We monitored the drop off of the intermediate tyre with regards to the theoretical switch over point to the dry tyre and, with this information combined with driver feedback, we were able to make the call to change from intermediate tyres to dry tyres at the right time.

Q: Has Renault pin-pointed the cause of Pastor's engine problem which led to his retirement?
MG: Yes, Renault have found out what the problem was and this engine will return to Viry for further analysis.

Q: The team has already scored more points than in 2011. How would you describe the atmosphere in the team at the moment?
MG: There is a buzz in the team at the moment and everyone is very pleased that the development of the FW34 is heading in the right direction and the whole factory is keen to see this trend continue.

Q: Next stop China. What are the specific challenges of the Shanghai International Circuit?
MG: The main challenge at Shanghai is that the track is very hard on tyres, so tyre management is key to success.

Q: Can we expect to see some upgraded parts on the FW34 at the next race?
MG: We sustained quite a lot of bodywork damage in Malaysia so the first objective is to replace all of these components, but we do intend to bring some updates to the race.

 

Championship Tables After 1 of 20 Races

Drivers
1 F Alonso 	35
2 L Hamilton 	30
3 J Button	 	15
4 M Webber 	12
5 S Perez	 	10
6 S Vettel	 	18
7 K Raikkonen 	16
8 B Senna		8
9 K Kobayashi 	8
10 P di Resta 	7
Constructors
1 McLaren Mercedes 		55
2 Red Bull Racing Renault 	42
3 Ferrari	 		35
4 Sauber Ferrari 		30
5 Lotus-Renault 		16
6 Force India Mercedes	9
7 Williams Renault 		8
8 STR Ferrari 		6
9 Mercedes 		1
10 Marussia Cosworth	0

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Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
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Date: 27/03/2012 13:20

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Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: Herman Munster (IP Logged)
Date: 27/03/2012 14:07

Bruno was the star of the show for me. If he hadn't been hit - who knows.

The moment of the race was Senna overtaking Schumacher.

 
Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: A.Fant (IP Logged)
Date: 27/03/2012 14:22

Great news regarding tyre wear for China. The FW34 is speculated to take care of the tyres as well as any other car in the field and that advantage should be magnified by the track characteristics.

Bring on a dry weekend!

 
Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: crusty_bread (IP Logged)
Date: 27/03/2012 15:50

Yeah, to be fair, that was a ballsy move from Senna- no doubt inspired by Ricciardo's move on him earlier in the race.

Btw, when was the last fully dry Chinese GP? I asked siri and it crashed on me sad smiley

 
Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: A.Fant (IP Logged)
Date: 27/03/2012 15:59

Quote:
crusty_bread
Yeah, to be fair, that was a ballsy move from Senna- no doubt inspired by Ricciardo's move on him earlier in the race.
Btw, when was the last fully dry Chinese GP? I asked siri and it crashed on me sad smiley

Wasn't it dry last year? Otherwise the last time it was fully dry was 2008 and that was an awful race in every way shape or form.

Hamilton dominated, so there was no excitement as to who would win.

Räikkönen let Massa through for 2nd in a blatant showing of team orders.

Williams struggled massively and finished 12th and 15th from 17th and 14th on the grid. Rosberg got a light strategy based on overtaking on the long straight, but the Toyota engine ensured it blew up in his face and Nakajima was actually our best finisher on a more conventional 1-stopper, which was guaranteed not to put him in the points since almost everyone ahead of him did the same.

 
Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: azouris (IP Logged)
Date: 27/03/2012 16:49

So according to gillan in winter the big update package will be tested in mugello for spain onwards.For china and bahrain minor updates.

 
Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: Mikef1 (IP Logged)
Date: 27/03/2012 17:46

Big update package sounds exciting to me. Minor updates were all we saw last year Haha

 
Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: Damon96 (IP Logged)
Date: 27/03/2012 18:19

The only worry is he mentions a lot of bodywork to fix, so will that reduce available manufacturing time for new items? I suspect not as I can't imagine they are changing large items like the engine cover.

 
Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: Francesc (IP Logged)
Date: 27/03/2012 18:29

Quote:
Damon96
The only worry is he mentions a lot of bodywork to fix, so will that reduce available manufacturing time for new items? I suspect not as I can't imagine they are changing large items like the engine cover.

Yep, that's worrying. So far I recall 3 broken front wings, broken floors, broken engine covers and broken rear wings endplates. So that's a lot of parts to make spares for.

 
Re: Malaysian GP : Williams F1 GP Debrief
Posted by: AlanJones (IP Logged)
Date: 28/03/2012 05:31

Still with the 4 autoclaves (or even more) that Williams has, producing spares wouldnt be that much of a challenge.
On the NatGeo docu on Williams F1 there was a team member shown who putted parts in an autoclave named nr. 1, moments later he was getting finished parts out of an autoclave called nr. 4.



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