Williams aim to build on success

Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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Williams are hoping the momentum gained from last season will result in them pushing Mercedes to the wire this year.

Following the worst campaign in the illustrious team’s history in 2013, when they scored just five points and finished a miserable ninth in the constructors’ championship, Williams conjured an impressive turnaround in 2014.

With Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa at the wheel, Williams finished third in the constructors’ behind runaway winners Mercedes and runner-up Red Bull, scoring 320 points, including nine podiums.

The trick for Williams now is to take it to the next level in 2015 with their FW37, with images released on Wednesday, and give Mercedes a run for their money, as well as scoring a win that eluded them last year.

“I hope as a team we are more capable of maintaining the forward momentum to catch Mercedes than the teams behind us are of catching us,” said chief technical officer Pat Symonds.

“It’s not just about stable regulations, but also about the team and every individual that works here moving forward and improving.”

The key to potential success for Williams is the rules for 2015 are very similar to that of 2014, albeit with one key change around the nose area of the car.

Unlike last year when virtually every team sported a design that was deemed ‘ugly’ to accommodate the regulations, this season all noses should be more aesthetically pleasing.

Symonds, however, has revealed there were still challenges in the design process, adding: “The notion for the FW37 was to look closely at the FW36 and its performances.

“We then went about recognising what had worked well and identifying and resolving the areas we felt needed to be improved.

“Although the aerodynamics of the car were impressive there is always room for improvement, particularly as we handle the new 2015 nose regulations.

“The change in regulations offered us a slight headache. The new front bulkhead and nose geometry had much more of an impact than we had initially anticipated, and the effect on the aero was profound.

“The team have worked hard on pulling back the deficit these regulations have made for us.”

Team principal Sir Frank Williams believes it was passion that saw his Grove-based organisation go from zeros to heroes, and it is that characteristic that will push them on again this season.

“We have an enormously talented group of people here at Williams who want nothing more than the team to do well,” said Williams.

“This passion produced a great turnaround in fortunes for the team in 2014 and everybody has worked tirelessly to continue that climb up the grid.

“After a very strong first year with Mercedes (engine partner) we are looking to further develop the relationship as we look for more podiums in 2015.

“I feel this year will be equally as exciting as the last, and look forward to seeing the car on the grid at the first race.”

Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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