Smedley: Williams got timings wrong
5 July 2014 – Williams' Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley has admitted that the British team miscalculated its timings during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Changeable conditions in Q1 affected the pecking order and Williams reacted too late to the drying circuit. As a result, Valtteri Bottas ended up in 17th, with Felipe Massa in 18th.
Both drivers will move up two positions on the grid courtesy of penalties to other drivers.
"We have a good car so it's very disappointing to be in 17th and 18th," Smedley said.
"We were trying to mark the people on track but our timings were wrong. We didn't see the rain coming as quickly as it did, but that's not an excuse, it's an error which we can't make again.
"How we recover tomorrow is important now and getting into the points is still our goal, as we have the car for it and we need to try and get as many points as we can over our closest championship rivals."
Bottas lamented the missed opportunity for Williams.
"The whole session was unbelievable," he said. "We left it too late to go out on the dry tyre so we didn't get the run in as it started to rain again.
"Truthfully we were unlucky it started to rain. We had the pace to get to Q3 so we missed a good opportunity."