SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
Barrichello looking forward to 'best' track
After the disappointment of retiring on the first lap of his historic 300th grand prix at Spa, Rubens Barrichello is looking forward to making amends at Monza this weekend as F1 concludes its European season.
"Three wins and two podiums at the Autodromo Nazionale make it statistically my best rack," Barrichello said, "but never mind the numbers. It's a circuit I love and I always travel to Italy with affection and excitement. My positive record at the track and the work we have done to prepare for both the downforce and kerb requirements means that I am full of optimism. It was great to celebrate my 300th race in Spa, but the race didn't go to plan. We will pick up our momentum again in Monza."
Williams technical director Sam Michael says: "Monza is the lowest drag level circuit on the F1 calendar, so the cars are running at very different aerodynamic efficiency levels compared to the normal high downforce tracks. This requires a special rear wing for this race only. Another important aspect is the kerb riding, something the FW32 will be set up to handle. For this track we have low drag front and rear wings."
Niko Hulkenberg, a podium finisher in GP2 at Monza added: "I am approaching the weekend with a degree of respect that such a circuit demands, but equally I feel that it's time that both the car performance we are finding and my own work behind the wheel deserve to be reflected in better results more often, so my respect will be balanced with a really determined approach. Spa was frustrating as I worked hard for a good grid position and I really want to ensure we convert our opportunities in Italy."