Williams: 2008 German GP preview 

Written by David on July 15th, 2008 at 9:16 pmLast Update: July 15th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Williams FW30 frontSam Michael: “Hockenheim’s layout mainly consists of slow and medium speed corners, although there are two high speed corners but they do not dominate the lap. As a result, we tend to head towards a softer set-up for this race. The track layout and surface aspect is particularly tough on tyres, characteristics only emphasised by the high temperatures we often experience over the race weekend. To balance out these issues, Bridgestone will therefore take compounds from the harder end of the scale to Hockenheim. We had the opportunity to test at Hockenheim last week, with both Nico and Kazuki getting cockpit time. We progressed through a detailed set-up programme which puts us in a good position going into this race. Most teams tend to go for a two-stop strategy at Hockenheim. The race itself normally provides some great action as the long straight leading into the hairpin, which has plenty of tarmac run-off area, offers a good overtaking place.”

Kazuki Nakajima: “We had a test at Hockenheim last week which allowed us to maximize our preparation time for the race weekend. We covered a lot of ground with the set-up so we should be in good shape when we arrive. I’ve raced at Hockenheim a few times already, but that was when I was in F3, so I need to draw on my experience from those races as this will be my first Formula One race there. The test helped me get used to the circuit, and I’ve also spent some time in the sim at the factory to help me prepare. It’s a great track, but quite challenging. It’s quite similar to Silverstone and Magny-Cours in that sense. I’m looking forward to it!”

Nico Rosberg: “Firstly, I’ve just returned from our trip to Moscow and to say it was awesome is an understatement! The city itself was fascinating, and the Russian people made us feel really welcome and seemed to love seeing our sport which is good for everyone. To drive through Red Square and around the Kremlin was an experience I’ll never forget. On to this weekend, I’ve had a lot of great experiences at Hockenheim, and it’s been the scene for quite a few of my past victories, so I’m looking forward to going there. As it’s my home race, it will be nice to have the support of the German fans, but they really provide a great atmosphere for everyone as they are so enthusiastic. In terms of the track itself, I really love it, and it should suit our car as well, but I still think it will be difficult to get into the points on Sunday considering how close the field is. As always, we will just do our best.”

source: AT&T Williams 

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