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GP Week : Issue 39
Back in the game WILLIAMS F1 CEO Adam Parr has told GPWeek that his team will fight until the “last minute of the last race” to ensure they maintain their season-starting pace. Nico Rosberg topped all three practice sessions in Melbourne and both he and team-mate Kazuki Nakajima looked set to finish in the points until an accident curtailed the Japanese driver’s race and problems with the soft tyres dropped Rosberg down the order. “It definitely could have been a better day couldn’t it! I think at one point we were in third and fifth, but in this business ‘what if’does not matter, does it? You either deliver or you don’t and unfortunately we didn’t.” Parr confirmed that the drop in Rosberg’s performance during the race had been due to the degradation of his soft Bridgestone tyres. “The soft tyres were very soft,”he confirmed. “They degraded very fast. I think everybody knew that was going to happen, but it was extreme.” Parr however remains confident in the possibility of real success for the team in 2009, although he was well aware that maintaining their comparative pace will be no easy task. “I think for the beginning of the season it looks really promising but what you have to remember is that everyone is developing flat out and the pace of development, the curve, is steeper than it has ever been in Formula 1 and unless we are able to keep developing flat out people could drop behind very fast. “We took a decision to focus on this year’s car mid way through last year, Ross [Brawn] on the other hand started six months beforehand and good for him because it is paying off, and what that is telling you is that the [development] curve on these cars is phenomenal because of the new rules. This year we will fight to the last minute of the last race to perform. “It’s great to be back in the game.” 32