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Unemotional Frank: We needed that

Sunday 13-May-2012 15:22

A remarkably calm Sir Frank Williams says he is "quietly delighted" with Pastor Maldonado's much-needed victory in Spain.

Having started the 66-lap grand prix from pole position, the Venezuelan held off the charging Fernando Alonso to claim his inaugural F1 race victory.

It was Williams' first win since the 2004 Brazilian GP and could not have come at a better time as Sir Frank was in the pits with his family on hand to celebrate his 70th birthday.

And the team owner could not have asked for a better present, although it was hard to tell given his very sedate celebrations.

Speaking to the BBC F1 analyst Eddie Jordan, he said: "Well Eddie as a good Englishman I can tell you as an Irishman that the English don't get emotional.

"All the boys are delighted, and I'm quietly delighted, boy did we need that win as you can well imagine.

"Most of the season has been thanks to a fresh group of people but it's been very well balanced.

"The aero guys have done their stuff, more than their stuff. The Renault engine is very competitive.

"The car has got possibilities and our rate of development has to exceed that of the other teams. We'll see."

The congratulations are already rolling in for Williams with Lewis Hamilton one of the first to head over to Sir Frank to shake his hand.

Meanwhile, former driver Rubens Barrichello Tweeted: "So nice to see Dickie Stanford up there on the podium... great guy... could not be a better choice to receive the trophy for Williams."

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