Symonds: Williams F1 on the up
25 February 2014 – Williams’ chief technical officer Pat Symonds believes the team is 'on the up' and he is hopeful that the results will come during F1 2014.
The Grove-based outfit struggles last year are well documented, but this season the squad looks revitalised. Indeed with Mercedes power-plants, the arrival of Felipe Massa to partner Valtteri Bottas, as well as the recruitment of Rob Smedley, to name just three of the recent key changes, Williams are being tipped to surprise and Symonds is quietly confident about what they can achieve with the new FW36.
“Well I certainly hope so,” Symonds told Sky Sports F1 when quizzed on if the team can return to the top step of the podium in 2014. “Challenging for wins [though] is a really difficult thing to do. It's intensely competitive, the rate of progress is just relentless, we're pushing as hard as we can but we don't expect overnight miracles. Things are looking good, yes, we're on the up but let's just keep working and the results will come.”
Symonds also added that reliability has been one of the most encouraging aspects during pre-season testing so far, with Williams managing the most laps last week in Sakhir, although the team’s pace was pretty good too and Massa was third fastest on the Friday.
“One thing we are very proud of at Williams is that we are the only team that has gone through winter testing without causing a red flag - we haven't stopped on the track once and that's a real testament to the design, the build and the quality that's gone into the car," Symonds added. “We totally lost a day at the beginning through this wiring problem which was part of the fuel system electronics, but after that the car has run like a dream.”