It’s a tall order but having been bested by Ferrari in Australia for the season-opening grand prix, Williams F1 reckons it can outdevelop its competition and continue its second-place status in the constructor’s Championship at least. Performance chief Rob Smedley said:
“What I see is a huge change in mentality at Williams over the space of 12 months,” he said. “It now believes it can outdevelop any other team.
“The windtunnel is doing a fantastic job with the amount of performance they are bringing to the car and the guys in mechanical design have done an immense job.
“Once again we have a safe, reliable and well-balanced car and we have to keep pushing on.
“We will get there, I have no doubt we can outdevelop other people.”
I certainly don’t doubt that Williams F1’s new performance gain and cash infusion for securing 2nd in the championship will pay dividends but can they actually outdevelop Ferrari? History says they can but these days F1’s costs are so galactic in proportion that only the biggest, most well-financed teams can manage to engage a punishingly aggressive development program throughout the year.
Williams is no stranger to car development and will now be a team who closes shop by mid-season with no new car development for the balance of the year. They will fight to the end but there is little doubt that Ferrari’s resources outweigh those of Williams and this leaves much room for innovative thinking in which to overcome innovative bank accounts.
If Williams can pull this off with their Mercedes engine, then there is hope for smaller teams to take on well-funded giants and win just as they did last year. However, we can’t overlook the major weapon in their arsenal which is an uber-expensive Mercedes engine that cost the German carmaker millions to develop.
Regardless, Williams have the bit in and are gunning to the top and we wouldn’t want it any other way. I suspect Ferrari have alternative plans however.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT