(Williams Martini Racing)
Williams Martini Racing deputy team principal Claire Williams insists her team's performance over the weekend was not a flash in the pan. The Williams team scored their first podium in two season's following Valtteri Bottas' third place finish in day's Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring with team mate Felipe Massa finishing the race in fourth place.
Massa started on pole position and after qualifying on Saturday team founder Sir Frank Williams admitted that he has been proven wrong about Felipe Massa as the Brazilian has exceeded his (Williams) expectations since he joined the Grove based outfit from Ferrari at the end of last season.
Speaking to the Press Association Sport after seeing her driver's finish third and fourth, Claire said:
'We said before the start of the race the opportunity to win probably wasn't there. So to come home third and fourth behind a Mercedes team in a class of their own at the moment was the objective, we met it, and we're really happy with that. It's been an amazing weekend for the team.'
Williams went on to say:
'And this is certainly not a flash in the pan, so the aim now is to maintain this level of consistency, this level of points scoring, and there is no reason why we can't do that. The car has the pace, we've shown that consistently throughout the previous races, but we've had a bit of bad luck and sometimes we've not made the best calls.'
Claire explained that she believes that it is now a realistic target for the team to look at climbing further up the order in the Constructors championship.
The team are just two point's behind Sahara Force India who are in fourth place and 12 point's ahead of McLaren.
Since the start of the European season at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit De Catalunya, the Williams Martini Racing Team have scored a total of 49 point's which is more then Sahara Force India and Ferrari have scored during the same period and those two team's are ahead of the Grove based outfit.
© Ben Johnston 2014