Williams “in a really good position”
The Grove-based outfit has had a strong start to the 2014 season, scoring points in every race so far. It is currently fifth in the constructors’ standings with 46 points, a considerable step forward in comparison to 2013.
Last season was one of the worst in the team’s history, and Williams headed to Monaco 12 months ago with zero points on the board. They would have to wait four more races to register just one, after Pastor Maldonado finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in 10th place.
Despite having arguably the third fastest car on the grid, the team has lost points on several occasions – particularly in Australia, when Felipe Massa – who replaced Maldonado – retired after being hit at turn one on the first lap and Valtteri Bottas was forced to pit with a puncture after a brush with the wall, eventually recovering to fifth.
“I think we are in a really good position now,” Claire Williams said in Thursday’s FIA press conference. “I think we all have to remember where we were last year and to make the performance improvement that we have over finishing P9 in 2013, I think the team have done a fantastic job to turn things around in the way that they have.
“We entered this season always wanting to get both cars in the top 10 in qualifying and then to score points in the race and we’ve pretty much achieved that, so I think everyone at Williams should be really proud of what they’ve achieved.
“I think you can always look back and go ‘I wish we could have done a bit better’ and we potentially could have scored a few more points but I think we should all be pretty pleased with P5 in the championship at this time.”
Massa will be hoping to return to the top 10 after his three-stop strategy backfired and dropped him to 13th in Spain, while Bottas will be looking to register his sixth consecutive points finish after an impressive start to his second F1 season.
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.