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Williams: It’s bittersweet as the car was quick

Williams: It’s bittersweet as the car was quick

Valtteri Bottas finished seventh and Felipe Massa 15th in the Chinese Grand Prix. Felipe had a great start but then had contact with a defending Fernando Alonso, whilst Valtteri was hit by Nico Rosberg who was braking hard in response to the action ahead. Felipe recovered to sixth with Valtteri in eighth before the first […]

Williams: We still have some work to do with the car in terms of performance

Williams: We still have some work to do with the car in terms of performance

Felipe Massa qualified sixth and Valtteri Bottas seventh for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix in a rain affected session. Both cars showed improved performance in the wet conditions, and despite the changeable weather, the team feel positive for tomorrow’s race. Rob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance: “Sessions like that are never easy, but I am once […]

Williams: A complicated and involved programme which we completed

Williams team and drivers report from Day 1 of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit FP1: Felipe Massa, 1:41.699 (10th), Felipe Nasr, 1:42.265 (13th) FP2: Felipe Massa, 1:39.118 (6th), Valtteri Bottas, 1:39.830 (14th) Rob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance: “It has been a […]

Chinese Grand Prix: Williams preview Shanghai

Williams team and drivers preview the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, in Shanghai; Rob Smedley: Shanghai is one of the very modern circuits with a good mix of high speed and low speed corners. It is a very particular track in that it has two corners which are […]

First races have shown Williams weaknesses admits Bottas

First races have shown Williams weaknesses admits Bottas

Valtteri Bottas has admitted that Williams have yet to display their full potential so far this season. Despite a horror 2013 season, following its switch to Mercedes power the Grove based team was billed as a contender for wins and even the title this year on the basis of its performance in winter testing. But […]

Williams: We carried out the test programme set down by Pirelli

Williams: We carried out the test programme set down by Pirelli

Williams team and driver report from the second and final day of Bahrain Formula 1 testing at Sakhir. Driver: Felipe Nasr Chassis / Engine: FW36-03 / PU106A Hybrid Location: Bahrain International Circuit, 5.412km Objectives: Pirelli Tyres evaluation Weather: Hot & sunny Maximum air & track temps: 35ºC / 44ºC Rob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance: […]

Williams: Results were very positive and we collected a lot of good data

Williams team and driver report from Day 1 of post-Bahrain Grand Prix testing in Sakhir; Rob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance: We had good mix of tests today with aero, mechanical, car set-up, electronics and Power Unit, and we managed to get through everything which is hugely encouraging. The results were very positive and we […]

Williams: One thing we do need is a little bit more race pace

Williams: One thing we do need is a little bit more race pace

Felipe Massa finished seventh and Valtteri Bottas eighth in the first night race to be held in Bahrain, bringing home another 10 points for the team. Felipe made a great start to fight his way into third whilst Valtteri suffered wheelspin at the start and dropped from third position to fifth. With the fight on […]

Williams: The team did an excellent job throughout the whole of Qualifying

Williams: The team did an excellent job throughout the whole of Qualifying

Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth and Felipe Massa eighth in the first ever night Qualifying session in Bahrain. Following Ricciardo’s 10-place penalty from the Malaysian GP, Valtteri will start third with Felipe seventh in tomorrow’s race; After doing extensive testing here during the winter, the team feel confident that its race pace will allow the drivers […]

Symonds: It’s costs that are going to kill Formula 1 and we need to face up to this

Symonds: It’s costs that are going to kill Formula 1 and we need to face up to this

Formula 1 needs to focus on the positives of its new turbo era rather than talking itself down, Williams technical head Pat Symonds said on Friday, but at the same time warns that spirllaing costs will kill the sport. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Symonds warned that criticism of the rule changes from […]

Williams: We’re happy with how the drivers and team worked today

Williams: We’re happy with how the drivers and team worked today

Williams drivers and team report from the first day of free practice of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, Round 3 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Sakhir; Rob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance: “Today went to plan which is good. This morning was about testing aero components alongside some mechanical tests which all […]

Williams: We apologise, our fans expect us as a team to let our drivers race

Williams: We apologise, our fans expect us as a team to let our drivers race

Williams apologised to their drivers and Formula One fans on Thursday for a clumsy, and ultimately failed, attempt to impose “team orders” in Malaysia last weekend. Deputy Principal Claire Williams told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix that the team had erred in asking Brazilian Felipe Massa to let team mate Valtteri Bottas pass because […]

Nasr on Bahrain FP1 duty for Williams in place of Bottas

Nasr on Bahrain FP1 duty for Williams in place of Bottas

Felipe Nasr will make his first grand prix weekend appearance when he drives for Williams in FP1 in Bahrain, in place of Valtteri Bottas. The highly rated 21-year-old Brazilian got his first taste of Formula 1 power when he did duty for Williams on the final day of the second pre-season test at the Sakhir […]

Smedley begins work with Williams team in Bahrain

Smedley begins work with Williams team in Bahrain

Former Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley is finally starting work at Williams. He will don the white team gear for the first time, this weekend in Bahrain. More than a month ago, the British team confirmed long speculation the 40-year-old Briton, famous for his close relationship with Felipe Massa at Ferrari, will soon become ‘Head of […]

Bahrain Grand Prix: Williams preview Sakhir weekend

Bahrain Grand Prix: Williams preview Sakhir weekend

Having conducted two four-day test sessions at the Bahrain International Circuit in February and March, the Kingdom feels like a second home for the teams in 2014. The weather is always good, but that won’t be especially relevant come the race because this event is F1′s latest night race. It will start at 18:00 local […]

F1 legend Moss backs Massa over Williams team orders

F1 legend Moss backs Massa over Williams team orders

Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss says he would have reacted to team orders just as Felipe Massa did during the Malaysian Grand Prix. While some sided with the Brazilian in the wake of his tenure as Ferrari ‘number 2′, others referred to the long history of ‘team orders’ in Formula 1. But although cited […]

Ex F1 drivers say Massa wrong to ignore team orders

Ex F1 drivers say Massa wrong to ignore team orders

Two ex Formula 1 drivers have said that they thought Felipe Massa was in the wrong to have ignored his Williams team’s orders during the Malaysian Grand Prix. Although Brazilian Massa has only just left Ferrari, where in 2010 he was ordered to give up a win to Fernando Alonso, Karl Wendlinger said he should […]

Williams sell hybrid element of business

Williams sell hybrid element of business

Press Release: Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC is pleased to announce today the sale of Williams Hybrid Power Limited from Williams’ subsidiary, Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited, to GKN Land Systems Limited in a multi-million pound transaction. This will see Williams Hybrid Power rebranded as GKN Hybrid Power. GKN has agreed to purchase the whole […]

Williams in damage control mode to diffuse tensions after team orders embarrassment

Williams in damage control mode to diffuse tensions after team orders embarrassment

Team orders triggered another Malaysian Grand Prix controversy on Sunday, with Brazilian Felipe Massa defiant after refusing to obey an instruction to let Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas overtake, leaving the team in an embarrassing situation and with damage control high on their agenda before the next race in Bahrain. Massa, no stranger to unwelcome radio […]

Massa: I don’t regret what I did, I was fighting to the end, that’s the way I wanted to do it

Massa: I don’t regret what I did, I was fighting to the end, that’s the way I wanted to do it

Sepang is now well and truly the team orders capital of Formula 1, as this last edition of the Malaysian Grand Prix again featured high drama between teammates. Last year, not only did Red Bull’s infamous ‘Multi 21′ affair make the headlines, Nico Rosberg was also controversially ordered to stay behind his Mercedes teammate Lewis […]

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