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Williams: Drivers instrumental in success

Sunday 17th August 2014

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Williams: Drivers instrumental in success

Williams: Drivers instrumental in success

Claire Williams has hailed the impact Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas have had on Williams' form this season.

Last year the Grove team struggled just to reach the chequered flag and scored just five points between both Bottas and then team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

This year it has been a completely different story.

Not only are Williams sitting on 135 points after just 11 grands prix but the team has also achieved a front lock-out in qualifying and three podium results.

Williams says her drivers deserve a lot of the credit.

"They have been instrumental," the deputy team principal told Autosport.

"When we appointed Felipe last year, it was a clear marker that we are very serious as when you bring in a driver of the caliber with that experience, it sends out a message.

"He has been hugely important to the team and developing the car, and galvanising everyone as well.

"That complements Valtteri real well as he's now fifth in the Championship, delivering some fantastic races and demonstrating how consistent his racecraft is.

"He has done an outstanding job for us this year, both drivers have, and we are really pleased with the line-up that we have got."

Meanwhile, Rob Smedley, the team's head of vehicle performance, says the Massa and Bottas partnership is working well because both drivers understand that they are fighting for the team first and foremost.

"It's absolutely central to have we do, having two drivers who are very much onboard and know they are on a journey with us," said Smedley.

"It is really important to have two drivers that put the team above their personal ambitions, and both of them do.

"It's also important to have two drivers that work together and that is working really well at the moment because they need to keep pushing the team in the right direction.

"There is coherence between the two and they are pretty good in their consistency with feedback and the performance we are adding is always in the direction they need."

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