The same form carried through into qualifying, and despite comfortably making it into Q2, it was no surprise to see both Rubens Barrichello (15th) and Nico Hülkenberg (17th) eliminated at the second hurdle.
Having had both drivers retire at Monaco after individual accidents, the Grove team is running with older-spec front wings given the updated versions are mere paperweights in their countless pieces littered all over Monte Carlo.
Describing the session as “tough going”, Hülkenberg (pictured) added: "On my second run in Q2, I picked up some oversteer at the exit of Turn 7 which put me off line and unfortunately cost me my lap.
"We are pushing really hard at the moment and trying to squeeze all we can out of the car but we still have plenty of work to do. A lot can happen in the race so I’ll be giving it everything I can."
Team-mate Barrichello was equally circumspect, and admitted that the car’s top-end speed is lacking on the aero-dependent Turkish circuit.
"The track doesn’t suit the car as much as Monaco did, so we are struggling a little bit more than normal. We are far away from where we want to be but Williams are fighters – we need to keep that spirit up and keep pushing to get to where we want to be," he added.
Unless it rains, the Williams cars are going to be all but invisible, save for when they’re being lapped in the race…
[Original image via GP Update]