After finishing fourth in the European grand prix at Valencia, Rubens Barrichello and the Williams team will be hoping to continue a revival of the British squad’s fortunes this coming weekend at Silverstone - the scene of Sir Frank’s maiden grand prix victory 31 years ago.
Given their current form it’s obviously too much to hope for Williams to repeat the achievements of that memorable day when Clay Regazzoni’s FW07 was first past the chequered flag. But the team don’t need remining that six years have past since Juan Pablo Montoya posted their most recent triumph in the Brazilian race at Interlagos.
But Barrichello, who won the British grand prix for Ferrari in 2003 and finished third last year for Brawn, makes no secret of the fact that he absolutely loves racing in Britain and will be giving it his best shot.
"I honestly love England and going to Silverstone,”says Rubens. “ I lived in Cambridge for a while to learn the language and to participate in the lower categories so it’s fantastic to go back and race at Silverstone. I like the track a lot.
"I know it’s undergone some changes since last year, but I watched the MotoGP on the TV a couple of weeks ago and we still have Becketts, Stowe and Club - I love Becketts! I hope we put on a good show for the public and we have good weather; that could be sunshine or rain, either is good for me!"
Williams is undecided yet on whether it will race its exhaust-blown diffuser at this weekend's British Grand Prix and will probably wait until after Friday’s first two free practice sessions before making a final decision.
The Oxfordshire-based team will join McLaren in introducing the low exhaust configuration for the first time. Ferrari, Mercedes GP and Renault all introduced their versions of the Red Bull Racing-inspired concept in Valencia a fortnight ago.