Williams: Australian GP preview quotes 

Written by David on March 11th, 2008 at 5:42 pmLast Update: March 11th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Williams new livery for 2008 seasonNico Rosberg: “I travelled out to Australia early for a driver day in Sydney with RBS; it’s now an annual event and is always one of the best sponsor trips. Looking ahead to the race, I’m looking forward to getting to Melbourne and getting the season underway, and there’s a good chance that we will be stronger at Albert Park this year than we were last year. Saturday’s qualifying results will provide the moment of truth for all of the teams and will reveal testing bluffs and low fuel runs. I believe that we will have a solid race this weekend and will look to bring home some points. Reliability-wise, it will be challenging to achieve our target of 100% this season, but we’re in good shape.”

Kazuki Nakajima: “It’s amazing that the first race of the season is finally here and I’m obviously really excited to get my debut year in Formula One underway. We’ve been working hard over winter testing and done a lot of good preparation work so the team is looking forward to racing again. Because Melbourne is a street circuit, it will be quite slippery when we do our initial runs, but it should have settled down by Saturday. The track is a good combination of slow and medium speed corners, with some fast ones thrown in as well. It’s also looking like it will be a hot race, which will suit the car. I feel like I’ve been testing for quite a long time now, so it’ll be good to actually race!”

Sam Michael, Technical Director: “Heading off to the first race of the year is always an exciting time for everyone. There is a great buzz among the teams before the racing starts again because it allows us to see where our performance lies relative to each other. From the last race in 2007 to the first race in 2008 testing provides some indication, but not the solid reference point that racing offers. With regards to the track, Melbourne is a low grip street circuit so special attention is required when it comes to the mechanical set-up of the car to get the best out of the Bridgestone tyres. Nico and Kazuki are both well prepared going into the season ahead, as is the car, which has covered thousands of kilometres on the test track over the winter to ensure strong race reliability.”

source: AT&T Williams 

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