(© Ben Johnston 2015)
Williams Martini Racing Team’s Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley has confirmed that the Grove based outfit are still targeting his old outfit Ferrari in the race for second place in the championship.
In 2014, Williams finished in third place in the championship ahead of Scuderia Ferrari however so far in 2015 the team have struggled to challenge the Italian team with Felipe Massa stating recently that the Grove based outfit’s financial situation is restricting their development rate which has allowed the Maranello based outfit to overhaul them in the championship.
Ferrari started the season off with one podium as a Sebastian Vettel finished the race in third place. Valtteri Bottas failed to start the opening race of the season in Australia as he was unable to part in the race as he had an injured back.
Smedley revealed that the team have upgrades coming for the Spanish Grand Prix next time out but he feels that it will be a big challenge to catch Ferrari as the Italian team have a big upgrade of their own for the SF15-T for the opening race of the European leg of the season. Smedley is hopeful that the team will be able to catch Ferrari during the season but he admitted that the team must also keep a close eye on Infiniti Red Bull Racing as the Milton Keynes based outfit who are behind them in the championship will inevitably catch them with the resources that they have at their disposal.
Williams head to the Spanish Grand Prix in third place in the championship on 61 points, 38 ahead of Infiniti Red Bull Racing and 46 points behind Ferrari.
© Ben Johnston 2015