Rubens Barrichello aims to catch Force India

2782.2 Rubens Barrichello aims to catch Force India
Rubens Barrichello still thinks that Williams can catch rivals Force India if his team manage to get its F-Duct working properly.

Williams has endured a disappointing season by the team’s standards, managing just eight points from the first eight races of the season in comparison to Force India’s 35.

Despite the team’s woes, Barrichello thinks that a fully effective F-duct and a stable back end would enable the team to further bridge the performance gap to their less illustrious rivals.

“I think so, because if we have a blown rear wing that works that’s a big step already,” Barrichello told reporters in Valencia on Thursday. “And if you have a back end that gives you what you need you might be talking about half a second, and half a second in F1 now is quite big.

“We are lacking rear end grip when turning at low speed. Obviously we lack traction as well, as it comes along with the same type of speed.

“It’s a mechanical and an aerodynamic thing. On top of that, we have some driveability issues with the engine and some lack of power in some different areas, so it’s a combination of small stuff that gives us that nine-tenths deficit.”

The first task for the team, however, is to secure a high enough grid position in qualifying to be able to bring home further points in Sunday’s race.

“I hope that our target is high enough for me to be happy. To be fairly honest, we have to aim for Q3 seeing where we are. There are eight cars doing very well this year and you have to include one Renault and at least one Force India, and then you have ten cars.

“The devices that we took to Canada should work better here. We have a little step on the front wing that we had in the race there, so I’m quite hopeful.”

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