Barrichello laments tyre troubles

Rubens Barrichello expressed disappointment after Williams failed in their bid to score points at the Hungarian Grand Prix due to tyre problems.

The veteran takes his car out for a spin.

Williams

Rubens Barrichello: "I am pretty disappointed with the result because we were fighting for some points today [Sunday]. We struggled with our tyres throughout and I lost a part of my front wing at the beginning of the race.

"Then, when it started to rain, I saw a big chance for us. I saw Hamilton spin and I thought we could do something to have a chance to finish high in the points. But the rain only came out for a lap or so and so our stop for inters didn't work. It's a shame, but we don't have the pace right now."

Pastor Maldonado: "It was a hard race. We made some places up at the start but it was difficult to stay on the track, even on inters. I made a mistake on the way into my first pitstop by not pushing the pit limiter button which meant I received a drive-through penalty. It then started to rain again.

"It was a lottery deciding whether or not to go back onto inters or stay on the dry tyres and we chose the inters, but then the rain stopped shortly afterwards and so we had to make another stop for dry tyres. We didn't get points today [Sunday], but we've made some improvements this weekend and we will be working hard over the break in preparation for the final races of the year."

Virgin

Timo Glock: "A very interesting race today [Sunday], I have to say, and very good fun. I got a great start and got ahead of Heidfeld and some other guys in faster cars and was able to stay in front of them. They obviously were able to get past me after it started to dry and I just concentrated on my own race, managing to hold the gap behind me.

"Then when it started to rain, we made the right decision, staying on the slicks. It wasn't easy to stay on track today [Sunday] as we saw, but we got the right result in the end. A great team performance in tricky conditions, making all the right decisions and some great pit stops which made all the difference.

"Thanks to everyone for their hard work in the long run up to race 11 and now they deserve an enjoyable break so we can come back fighting again in Spa."

Jerome D'Ambrosio: "I'm disappointed really, but the conditions were very tough out there. I had a very good start to the race and I was happy about that but I made an error when the rain came, choosing to stop for intermediates when I probably should have stayed out on slicks.

"So I lost a lot of time with the pit stops and I also had a tough moment when I spun in the box when I came in, although thankfully the car didn't hit anyone. Definitely not my best race."

Team Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen: "A weekend of real ups and downs for me. I struggled to find a decent balance in the practice sessions but then it all came good in quali where I put in a really good lap after finally getting comfortable with the setup.

"I started the race well and was keeping pace with Maldonado, Sutil, Perez and the guys around me, and right through the early stops I was able to push them, and keep pulling away from the guys behind. We came in for inters when the rain really started again about two thirds of the way through the race, then back in pretty shortly afterwards for options again, but then I was given the instruction to shut the engine off due to a water leak.

"Having seen how close we were in race pace to the midfield I'm not disappointed - it's just another step in the growth of the team and we'll pick up where we left off in Belgium in a few weeks time."

Jarno Trulli: "My run of bad luck in Hungary seems to have struck again! The car has been great all weekend and even though I didn't have the best start I was really enjoying myself out there. I got past Timo pretty early on and then had a good first stop but it looks like a water leak brought my race to an early end.

"Despite that, the steps forward we've taken here have been really positive, so after the break I'm sure we'll be back fighting again at Spa."



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