F1 – Q & A with Mark Gillan, Williams F1 Team Chief Operations Engineer

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer, Williams F1 Team

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX REVIEW
26 June 2012

The European Grand Prix was a frustrating race for Williams F1. Bruno Senna came away with one world championship point, but many more were on offer until Pastor Maldonado’s challenge came to a premature end. Our Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan gives us his thoughts.

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:
Q: The European Grand Prix promised much for the Williams F1 Team, but ultimately delivered only one point. How would you summarise the competitiveness of the Williams-Renault FW34 this weekend?

MG: We are obviously disappointed not to have capitalised on the pace shown throughout the weekend but we have learnt a great deal at Valencia, especially relating to tyre management.

Q: Your qualifying pace has not quite matched your strong race pace this season. Was Pastor’s third place grid position a sign that this is changing?
MG: Our qualifying pace has improved and Pastor’s pole position in Spain and subsequent third position in qualifying in Valencia is testament to that fact.

Q: Pastor received a penalty following a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap, what was your opinion on this?
MG: Obviously the team were disappointed to see one of our cars sustain damage so close to the end of the race when we were showing good pace, but we respect the decision taken by the stewards.  Both Pastor and the team have moved on and the focus is now on achieving a good result at Silverstone.

Q: The FW34 was very fast all weekend. Was there a particular aspect of the Valencia Street Circuit that suited the car?
MG: No, not really, as the car seems well suited to most circuits.  We have a good base package and with the excellent feedback that our drivers are giving us we are able to selectively develop the car to improve any deficiencies whilst also working on our strengths.

Q: How did the high track temperatures affect tyre wear, particularly for the one-stopping Bruno Senna?
MG: The tyres are sensitive to track temperature so tyre management is of first order importance. In conjunction with his engineers Bruno did a very good job in managing the tyres though the race.

Q: The team’s home race, the British Grand Prix, comes next. What can we expect from the Williams-Renault FW34 at Silverstone?
MG: As per all races the whole team are pushing hard to maximise our performance and deliver a good result, which of course would be extra special given that it is our home grand prix.

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F1 – 2012 European Grand Prix Results

2012 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE





Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 1:44:16.649 11 25
2 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 57 +6.4 secs 5 18
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 57 +12.6 secs 12 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +13.6 secs 19 12
5 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +19.9 secs 8 10
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 +21.1 secs 6 8
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +22.8 secs 10 6
8 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 57 +24.6 secs 9 4
9 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +27.7 secs 15 2
10 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 57 +35.9 secs 14 1
11 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 57 +37.0 secs 17
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 57 +54.6 secs 3
13 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 57 +75.8 secs 20
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 57 +94.6 secs 16
15 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 57 +96.5 secs 23
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 13
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 21
18 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 22
19 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 Accident 2
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 40 +17 Laps 4
Ret 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 33 +24 Laps 1
Ret 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 33 Accident damage 7
Ret 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 26 Accident damage 18
DNS 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth DNS

Note – Glock did not take part due to a stomach bug. Maldonado originally finished 10th, but had 20s added to his race time for causing a collision

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