Williams’ Mark Gillan: No room for errors at Hungaroring
By Berthold Bouman
There’s no room for errors at the Hungaroring this weekend, says Williams’ Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan. “The competition is so tight at the moment that one must ensure that you extract the maximum performance from the car — there is no room for errors,” he said ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
About the technical aspects of the circuit he commented, “The circuit layout leads to very low average speeds, with only Monaco and Singapore being lower. This low efficiency metric means that you run the maximum downforce configuration. Teams also have to deal with the potentially high ambient temperatures which necessitate larger cooling ducts.”
Pastor Maldonado, who finished 15th last weekend in Germany, knows the circuit well and said, “I have won here before so the track has good memories for me and the fans create a good atmosphere so I am looking forward to the weekend.”
About the circuit’s characteristics he agreed with Gillan, “The track in Hungary is really slow speed and so we will need to adapt our set-up for this sort of circuit but we have shown so far this season that our car has good pace at different sorts of tracks.”
Bruno Senna cannot be happy after his disappointing result last weekend, as he qualified in 14th (he actually qualified 16th but due to other drivers’ gearbox grid penalties he moved up to 14th place), and finished in 17th place at the Hockenheimring, but he is looking forward to the race this weekend.
“The Hungaroring is one of the most challenging tracks we visit all year. Technically it’s a real test and it’s quite a slow lap so reminds me in some respects of Monaco. It’s also demanding physically because the temperature is often high and you have to do a lot of work behind the steering wheel so you can get tired quickly,” said the Brazilian.
Williams is currently seventh in the Constructors’ Championship with 47 points, and the by Sir Frank Williams led outfit has Force India breathing down their neck, as they are just one point behind.
Maldonado has earned 29 points this season which gives him right to 11th spot in the Drivers’ Championship standings, while Senna is 16th with 18 points.