Thursday, 8 January 2015

2014 performance will be a tough act to follow

(Williams Martini Racing Team)

The Williams Martini Racing Team will find it tough to improve on their strong 2014 Formula One season this year according to Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds.

The Grove based outfit finished the 2014 season in third place in the Constructors championship ending the year on 320 points, 104 ahead of Scuderia Ferrari. Speaking on the main stage on the opening day of the 2015 Autosport International Show Symonds said that the team are not one with a huge budget but equally they are not in financial difficult which gives the Englishman ‘great pleasure’ in beating Ferrari.

Symonds went on to say that the team need to ‘exploit their continuity’ as a number of their rivals have new people on board and new power units.

Williams Martini Racing are one of only four teams to field an unchanged line up in 2015 and this is something that should stand to the them. The outfit secured their first front row start since the 2003 German Grand Prix when Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas locked out the front row at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Symonds believes that the team got on top of all of the regulation changes that were brought in last season. 2015 sees some stability in the technical regulations and this should mean that fans and teams alike will be treated to another extra special season.

He believes that it in order for the Grove based outfit to be successful they need to get everything working together, not just on the technical side of things but also from an operational point of view.

The team will be hoping that the 2015 season brings with it their first victory since the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

Symonds also believes that Valtteri Bottas has the potential to be world champion in the future after the Finn secured six podium finishes on his way to ending the year in 4th place in the championship while Felipe Massa finished the year in 7th place in the championship.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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