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Smedley: Williams has relearned how to be successful

Aug 9, 2014, 10:25 AM EST

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Williams head of vehicle development Rob Smedley has said that the team has learned how to be successful once again following a difficult few years.

The British team has made a sensational start to the season, ranking fourth in the constructors’ and entering battle with the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull. Such form was unthinkable twelve months ago, at which time the team had just one point to its name.

Smedley even went as far to suggest that the team could challenge Mercedes for victory at the next two races in Belgium and Italy thanks to the high-speed nature of the circuits.

“It’s a possibility,” he said when asked about Williams’ chances of winning one of the next two races.

“As I’ve quite often said, the ambition of the team is to win the world championship, and in order to win the world championship you have to beat everybody. I think we know that the world championship is a little bit one-sided this year, but that doesn’t stop us preparing ourselves for the years to come.

“Running at the front and winning races is something that this team needs to relearn how to do. You saw that once we relearned how to be slick enough to get podiums they kept falling out of the jackpot machine at us.”

Williams has indeed been one of the most impressive teams over the past few races, scoring three podium finishes in the past four grands prix and locking out the front row at the Austrian Grand Prix in June. Now, the focus will be on continuing this at Spa and Monza.

“I’m reasonably confident that our car can go well in both of those races,” Smedley said. “But I’ve said before that we don’t fear anywhere really.”

  1. techmeister1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Symonds seems to have done wonders for Williams and I’m sure Smedley is also a big part of Williams recovery. It’s great to see their growing success. They need to stop shooting themselves in the foot when they are in a position to win or get on the podium, however. They need to improve their pit stops and race strategy to achieve their full potential.

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