The Williams F1 Team may have had a tough start to the season, but the British Grand Prix will see them reach the 600 Grand Prix mark – something only two other teams (Ferrari and McLaren) have reached.
Both of their drivers are relishing the challenges of the Silverstone circuit and what the weekend means to the team. The special milestone is something that they are both extremely excited about and proud of.
Speaking in a team statement, Pastor Maldonado revealed that the team have been looking forward to the British Grand Prix for some time and that it’s one of his favourite tracks too: “This weekend has been something that the team have been looking forward to all year and I’m proud to be part of this historic moment. Silverstone also happens to be one of my favourite circuits on the calendar. It has a lot of character and some very iconic corners, and the British fans are always very passionate and knowledgeable.”
He added that the track’s “quick” nature combined with “usually low” temperatures cause graining for the front tyres which is “something we will have to manage.” He also explained that the new loop that opens up the lap will be particularly green and will take time to evolve. The Venezuelan is hopeful that they can have a “strong weekend and score some points to make the weekend even more memorable for the team.”
Rookie team-mate Valtteri Bottas goes into Silverstone off the back of his starring role in qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix. Speaking about the up-coming weekend, he said: “This is going to be a very special weekend for Williams, celebrating 600 races in front of our home fans at a track which has a lot of history for the team and is great fun to drive. Silverstone is a classic racers track – with some very high-speed corners which require a lot of downforce in order to be quick through them.”
He drove in FP1 last year and took part in the Young Driver Test at the track so he has plenty of experience at Silverstone. Weather is always unknown but after his wet weather qualifying in Canada, he is confident he can perform strongly again: “The weather never makes the circuit any easier due to the often rainy and cold conditions, but after our strong qualifying in Canada in wet conditions I’m confident we would handle this well.
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