Williams: 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix preview 

Written by David on March 31st, 2008 at 4:10 pmLast Update: March 31st, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Williams new livery for 2008 seasonNico Rosberg: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Bahrain is one of my favourite tracks and I’ve had some great results there. Last year, we didn’t get the best out of the weekend, but we’ve learnt from that and we’ll be better this year, and we will come back stronger after the struggles in Malaysia. The track and asphalt surface of the Sakhir circuit are more suited to our car so we shouldn’t encounter the same problems again. As a whole, it’s been quite an extreme start to the season. We had a very strong start and then a bit of a down, but that’s the way it is in racing and you just have to get on with it. We’ve already learnt a lot from the past two races and we will make progress going into these next few races. I’ll be at home in between Malaysia and Bahrain so I can relax and do some training.”

Kazuki Nakajima: “We’ve had a bit of a mixed start to our season. The race in Melbourne was obviously very good, and then Malaysia was not so good for us. We’ve learnt lessons from both Grands Prix and I’ll be doing my best to help get the team back to where we think we should be. Personally, I think that the track in Bahrain is really good. It’s a great circuit for racing because there are a few opportunities to overtake, so I’m looking forward to having a good race there.”

Sam Michael, Technical Director: “Set against the desert, Bahrain’s track is normally quite dusty and it’s always hot. Ambient temperatures hover around the mid 30s and the chance of rainfall is low. The track’s layout is dominated by long straights and slow and medium speed corners. There is only really one high speed section, but it doesn’t bear much influence over the set-up direction of the car. Bridgestone will bring the medium and soft tyre compounds to this race. Most teams opt for a two stop pitstop strategy, although a one stop option has been employed there before. We have two targets for the Bahrain Grand Prix; firstly to improve upon the reliability which caused us problems during practice at the previous two races and, secondly, to build on our Constructors’ position by scoring more points.”

source: AT&T Williams 

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