Smedley downplays dropped points

Sunday 29-June-2014 08:49

Rob Smedley has refuted suggestions that Williams have lost points throughout this year's Championship through poor tactics.

Last time out in Austria, the Grove team brought in their biggest points haul of this season as Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa finished third and fourth.

The duo netted 27 points, however, having started on the front row of the grid there were some questions about whether poor tactics had cost the team vital points.

Smedley, though, says those expectations of more have been created outside the team.

"I'm not always fully in agreement that we haven't [taken the points we should have]," he told

"I think it was my first ever press conference, in Bahrain, when it was suggested that we were not getting all the points we should have been getting. But, if you look at the pace of the car, yes we've dropped some points, but I don't think we've dropped any more points than other people.

"I think that's something that has built up some momentum outside of the team, rather than inside the team, so I don't think [Austria's result] was any more or less important than it ever is.

"We come thinking, if there's 27 points on the table, we want them. There's not always 27 points on the table for us, looking at it realistically, but [in Austria] there was and we went and got them. It was important - but it's always important."

The team's head of vehicle performance, who joined Williams from Ferrari, is now looking forward to the British GP, confident that in the FW36 and its Mercedes engine, Williams have a car capable of fighting for solid points.

"We have a very efficient car, with a lower drag level compared to our competitors, and [Austria] is quite an 'efficient' circuit, so that's a circuit that suits us with less drag. There's also a high power sensitivity there, so if we've got a powerful engine, that suits us as well. I don't think there's any magic...

"At Silverstone, the downforce sensitivity is a lot higher than [Austria] so, for every point of downforce you're missing against your competitors, that's more heavily penalised at Silverstone.

"he drag sensitivity is high at Silverstone, and power sensitivity is high, but I don't think there is anywhere we should fear, or be scared of circuits or circumstances. We can go everywhere and be positive. Some places will suit us more than others, but we shouldn't be scared of anywhere."

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