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GP Week : Issue 14
AT&T WILLIAMSF1 7 8 With Nelson Piquet under pressure to perform, he needed all the track time he could muster to familiarise himself on his debut in Canada. A sensible morning on a wet track left him 17th, but a gearbox problem robbed him of the much needed track experience on dry asphalt and left him 20th. Alonso began the day well in 10th, but the dry afternoon saw him push a touch too hard and he spun out at Turn 2. Qualifying was another disappointment for Piquet. Although he was able to make it to Q2, he just didn’t have the pace to fight any higher and had to settle for 15th. Alonso secured his best quali result to take fourth. Alonso lost out to Rosberg at the start, but following the confusion in the pits the Renaults were looking good for a strong points haul. A brake problem saw Piquet spin and eventually retire, and Alonso ended his race in the wall after pushing too hard behind Heidfeld. The team will be hoping for more luck at their home race in France. “Solid” was how Williams described its day of practice on Friday, and the results certainly pointed to a competitive weekend for the team. Eleventh in the morning, Rosberg took eighth in the dry afternoon session and was high on confidence going into qualifying. Nakajima was ninth in the wet and 11th in the dry and was pleased to have had the advantage of running in practice here in 2007 as an additional aid. He was unlucky to miss out on Q3 on Saturday, narrowly missing the cut and having to settle for 12th position. Although he was slightly upset with the result, the pace was clearly there. Rosberg got it all together and took a stellar fifth position on the grid, his best qualifying performance of the season. The team’s potential was not realised on Sunday. Rosberg followed Hamilton into Raikkonen in the pits and landed a ten-place penalty for France, while Nakajima lost his front wing and on his pit entry saw it become dislodged, which sent him into the wall. Nightmare. ING RENAULT F1 TEAM 5 6 F1 canada >> 35