'Rules changes will suit Williams'

Tuesday 07-January-2014 12:35

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams believes the Formula One rules changes that come into effect this year have come at the perfect time for the Wantage team.

After finishing ninth in the Constructors' Championship in 2013, Williams have made several changes to the team, including switching to Mercedes engines and recruiting former Ferrari man Felipe Massa as their lead driver.

"It is very timely as if you don't have that level of rule change it would be much harder to try and improve year on year," Williams told Autosport.

"I don't think that the [competitive] form will change too significantly, but what it does offer is an opportunity for teams who are a second or more off the pace to look at what they are doing and look at doing things in a different way.

"That's what we are trying to do and all of the changes we have made this year have been about making the most of the resources we have to embrace the rule changes for next year.

"One of the things that we were so impressed by when we first started talking to Felipe is his enthusiasm to help build the team and drive performance.

"He was so enthused by that [and] that is what we wanted. It's about coming into the factory as much as he can, talking to the engineers all the time.

"So yes, obviously, we expect him to do that at the racetrack but we also expect him to be back at the factory helping to develop.

"He is not one of those guys who just wants to turn up at the race track - he is an integral part now because of the experience he has. He should be able to help the process.

"He wants to muck in, get his hands dirty and everyone knows we love those kinds of drivers at Williams."

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