(Williams Martini Racing)
The Williams Martini Racing Team head into this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya confidfent that the changes that their Head of Vehicle Performance Rob Smedley has introduced will mean that the Grove based outfit will not a repeat of wheel mix up that cost Felipe Massa time in China and a top six finish in the race.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's race Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said:
'Rob Smedley is a very impressive man - and that won't be happening again. Not on his watch.'
She went on to say that she has been impressed with Smedley's impact on the team in only two Grand prix with the outfit.
The way that he has taken an umbrella approach to his role within the team has impressed Williams most. The Grove squad head into this weekend's race with a raft of updates for the FW36 and speaking on Thursday Felipe Massa said that he has more faith in the updates that he is recieving at the Williams team then he did when he was at Ferrari. The Brazilian said:
'Last year, I don't remember one race where we brought some new parts and they worked, and we had a lot of new parts'.
The Williams team have always gone well here and indeed it is the venue where they last won a Grand Prix when Pastor Maldonado took a fantastic victory for the team in 2012. Although the Mercedes works team appear to be in a class of their own the Mercedes powered Williams Martini Racing Team will be hoping to add to their already impressive points haul come Sunday afternoon.
©Ben Johnston 2014