Starting outside the top-ten might typically not be where you want to be if you’re angling for a points’ finish, but when you’re lining up on the sixth row at the Canadian Grand Prix and given an open choice of tyres to start the race on, these could very well be the pound seats.
That’s certainly the hope of the Williams team, which posted its most promising qualifying performance of the season to-date, with Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg lining up 11th and 12th respectively.
Both will now target error-free races in the hope of picking up some valuable championship points this weekend.
It has been a generally difficult season for the Williams team, which sits just seventh in the Constructors’ standings with only 8 points to its name – potentially facing the worst result in the team’s history as an independent constructor.
“I think 11th and 12th is a pretty good outcome today,” Hülkenberg said after qualifying. “Not of course what we want but we extracted the most from the situation and, for me at least, the track this afternoon was in the best shape it has been all weekend.”
Barrichello added: “I think the fact that we are so close shows that 11th and 12th was the best we could achieve and we should be happy that we got the upmost from the car. For the race tomorrow, I know from experience that the race really demands that you look after your brakes, so I am confident that together with the tyre issues here that there will be a good opportunity to do well if we get everything right.”
[Original image via GP Update]