According to William’s chief technical officer Pat Symonds, Williams faces a much more difficult challenge of making progress in 2015 than in 2014.
Williams experienced a shameful season in 2013, ending up ninth in the constructors’ championship. However, just a year passing by, Williams moved forward to third in the constructors’ championship, even beating the Red Ferrari.
As for this, Symonds proudly said: “We have set the bar high. We are not a team that is in financial troubles by any means, but we are not a team that has the budget available that our competitors have.
“It is one of the things that gives me great pleasure in beating Ferrari last year – it is not the fact that I am a competitive person, but that we beat them on half their budgets!”
Nevertheless, he admitted the enormous difficulty to move onwards from third in 2015.
He said: “But moving on from third onwards is probably more difficult than it was moving from ninth to third.
“We can see that a lot of our rivals have either new power units or new people in place, so we have to exploit our advantage of the continuity we have got. We have got to push on.”
Although many people have owed William’s success in 2014 to their use of Mercedes power, Symonds noted that engine was only one factor.
“It wasn't just the power unit,” said Symonds.
“In 2013 we had the same power unit as the guys who won the championship and finished ninth.
“A lot of new things came in [for 2014]. The power unit was obviously the most significant but things like brake-by-wire, the new aero regulations, they were far more significant than a lot of people realized.”
Again, with great pride, Symonds said: “I think we got on top of all of those.
“Our brake-by-wire system was absolutely trouble-free. Our drivers didn't even know it was there. That was the quality of the engineering that we were able to bring to 2014.
“As a race team, we improved immeasurably over the winter and during the course of the year. As illustrated by simple things like pit stops. In 2013, a Williams pit stop was really a worry! During 2014 several times we set the fastest stop of the weekend – they were regularly good and showed how team developed, and by the end of the season we were racing at the front.”
What’s more, he pointed out the success never comes with only one factor.
He said: “There never is a single magic bullet. It really is getting everything working together and that is not just in a technical sense, it is in an operational sense.”
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