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'Williams win was never on the cards'

Monday 23-June-2014 08:45

Rob Smedley is adamant Williams are not disappointed with their third and fourth places in the Austrian GP as the win was never the target.

Although Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas started Sunday's Austrian GP from the front row of the grid, the duo finished fourth and third respectively.

The race was won by Nico Rosberg, who started behind the Grove drivers, with Lewis Hamilton runner-up.

Smedley, though, says that's pretty much what they expected.

"I think we were beaten by a faster car and a better organised team, so hats off to them because they did a better job than us," the Williams head of vehicle performance told Autosport..

"We were not without problems ourselves and had to manage systems on the car - brakes, tyres, and it was all about that, and about consolidating and making sure we got third and fourth, and we didn't do anything silly trying to race Mercedes and finish fifth or sixth, or worse."

He added: "I'm not sure we could have done it much differently to be honest.

"Mercedes had problems but I don't think they were running their full pace.

"If you react to their first pitstop there's every chance we wouldn't have got our cars to the end of the race, the tyre wear was that close, so I'm reasonably happy with what we did.

"We wouldn't be competitive people if we didn't feel a slight twinge of disappointment, but you've got to look at the positives."

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