Belief restored at Williams, says Symonds
12 August 2014 – Williams Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds says there is new-found belief at the team this season.
Symonds has been part of a transformation since arriving last July, aiding the outfit's rise from five points and ninth in the 2013 standings to a pole position, three podiums and fourth (135 points) half way through 2014.
"It was incredible. When I arrived, there was no confidence in the team. Because of that they had all the panic reactions," Symonds explained during an interview with German publication Auto Motor und Sport.
"One of the racing team told me last year that it makes no sense to practice pit-stops because the car is so bad. This gets you nowhere. Check out our pit-stops today, they are very good. They have their own trainer.
"The mechanics all believe in themselves again. There is a very different atmosphere in the team."
Symonds says the key to progress has been extracting in-house potential, rather than turning to rival staff.
"The good news for Williams is the quality of the people. They knew how to do it, just not what they should be doing. This has made my job easy," added Symonds, who switched from an advisory role at Marussia.
"We have not flooded the company with highly paid star designers, but fixed weaknesses here and there and strengthened some departments. We have managed to get more from the people who were already here."