F1: Williams hoping for positive Singapore weekend
Williams technical director Sam Michael is hopeful his team will be competitive in the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend after success in the night race in recent years.
The FW32 will feature the last upgrade for the season for Williams with five races remaining and Michael said he was hopeful that the team would fight for points with both drivers for a second straight race, after Monza two weeks ago.
Michael said: “Previous Williams cars have been competitive around Singapore’s street circuit so the FW32 should be as well.
“With some further upgrades for the car which should improve our recent good form further, we’re looking to have both drivers in the top ten in qualifying and then fighting for points in the race.
“As the season has progressed, the level of competitiveness throughout the grid has increased with closer lap times across the board. We don’t anticipate this race to be any different.”
Drivers Rubens Barrichello and Nico HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg are also hopeful of a strong performance in Singapore, with HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg experiencing his first night race in Formula 1.
“I’m feeling more and more comfortable in F1 and in our car which is helping me to get the most out of a race weekend,” said HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg. “I’m definitely getting more out of the FW32 than I was at the start of the season and I hope I can convert that into some more point-scoring finishes for the team.
“Singapore looks like a cool track. It will be my first time there, but I have been using the simulator so at least I know the layout already and I like street circuits.”
And Barrichello added: “Singapore is a lovely place to go and it’s completely different to the other races on the calendar.
“The track is a fairly typical street circuit and it benefits from a variety of corners. It can be a challenge to find the optimum set-up, but that makes it more interesting, and one of the reasons I like going there so much.
“Driving a night race is similar to watching TV in standard, not high definition; there’s just a bit less precision.
“Singapore is a lovely track to drive, there’s always plenty of fun during the race and it’s a good event for Formula 1. There’s just something special about it.”
Williams could overtake rivals Force India in the constructors’ championship with a solid performance this weekend with the Indian team just 11 points ahead of Williams on 58.