Symonds: Williams has third fastest car
5 August 2014 – Williams Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds reckons the team has the third fastest car on the 2014 grid.
Although Ferrari pushed Williams back down to fourth in the standings at the Hungaroring, with the FW36 less suited to its twisty nature, Valtteri Bottas claimed three consecutive podiums in Austria, Britain and Germany.
This has led Symonds to believe that only the Mercedes and Red Bull outfits possess quicker packages.
"It is very close this year – no one will say anything other than Mercedes is the best car, in my opinion Red Bull are second, and then you have Ferrari, Force India, Williams and McLaren. That is quite a tight bunch, [but] arguably we have the third-best car at the moment," Symonds told the official Formula 1 website.
But Symonds says having the third best car does not automatically secure a top three championship finish.
"What makes it difficult this year is that 43 points are taken by Mercedes at pretty much every weekend, which means the rest of us are fighting for a lot less," he added, referring to the Silver Arrows claiming 1-2 finishes.
"The difference between finishing third and sixth overall might be quite small. If we are the third-best team, we ought to finish third in the championship – but in 2005 [when Symonds was at Renault] we won the championship with Fernando Alonso despite McLaren having the better car. We were a better team and we won by our racing."
Felipe Massa recently commented that upcoming circuits should play to the strengths of the Williams.