Smedley wary of middle sector at Spa
19 August 2014 – Williams Head of Vehicle Performance Rob Smedley says the team must be wary not to lose out in the middle sector at Spa-Francorchamps in this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.
Williams has been a front runner in recent races, aided by its straight line speed, an aspect which should suit the first and last sectors at Spa-Francorchamps. But Smedley is wary that Williams must also focus on the middle sector, which runs from Les Combes to Stavelot and incorporates several medium and high speed corners.
"Spa is a circuit that should suit us, there is very high drag and engine sensitivity and those features will benefit us," he said.
"The middle sector is something we will have to work on throughout the weekend, and in qualifying we will need to have the tyres switched on for that sector. There is always a chance for rain in Spa, so we have to be conscious of this throughout the weekend."
Smedley insists that Williams's aim for the remainder of the 2014 season is to finish as high up in the Constructors' championship as possible. The squad is currently in fourth position, seven points behind rivals Ferrari.
"We have had a really good start to the 2014 campaign, everyone is living and learning how to race back at the top again," he said.
"The objectives within the team are clear, we want to finish as high up in the constructors table as possible."