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Williams vow to stay grounded

Wednesday 16-July-2014 13:59

Williams are determined not to get carried away by their recent performances, according to head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley.

After a steady start to the season, Williams have kicked on in recent races as they locked out the front row of the grid in Austria with Felipe Massa on pole and Valtteri Bottas went on to finish P3 in the race.

Bottas then took another step forward with a P2 at Silverstone last time out and naturally the team's odds of a double podium in Germany are looking good at Paddy Power.

Many believe the Grove squad now have the second-fastest car on the grid, but when asked by Autosport if this is the case, Smedley replied: "I think it would be quite remiss for me to say Williams has the second fastest car and it will remain like that.

"I think it's so tight in the midfield that it can swing either way and you can go from having the second fastest car to the fifth fastest car very easily.

"You [need to] keep the pressure on in every single area - that's how you end up with a car able to win races and eventually comfortably win races.

"You have to keep your feet on the ground and be respectful of your competitors and respectful of every single circuit you go to, and we absolutely are.

"That's my philosophy, it's a Pat Symonds' philosophy as well, and it's a philosophy I pass on to the team."

Since there are many similarities to Silverstone, the omens are looking good for Williams and don't be surprised if you find Bottas or Massa on the podium, they do have favourable odds with Paddy Power.

"It's like Silverstone in the way that it's quite an efficient track," Smedley added. "There's good power sensitivity with the long straights which will be good for us. In terms of tyres, we will use both soft and super-soft.

"It's often cold and rainy as it was during qualifying last time we went there in 2012, alternatively, it can be really hot and that can affect the rear tyres, meaning you must keep both temperatures and graining under control. That is our key focus going into the race weekend, and we hope to come out with more good points."

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