No panic at Williams, says Smedley

Wednesday 16-April-2014 14:23

Williams Head of Vehicle Performance Rob Smedley has dismissed suggestions that "panic" has set in at the Wantage team over their lack of podiums so far this year.

Throughout pre-season testing the Williams FW36 could be found near the top of the timesheets, but after the season's first three races their early promise is yet to translate into results.

Both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas struggled for grip during qualifying in Australia and Malaysia, leaving their races compromised.

Despite qualifying in 10th place in Melbourne, Bottas seemed destined to finish on the podium, but suffered a rear tyre puncture after making contact with a wall.

In Bahrain, both drivers qualified in the top 10 but struggled with degradation issues throughout the race and finished a disappointing seventh and eighth, more than half-a-minute behind eventual winner Lewis Hamilton.

Smedley, though, isn't too worried about their disappointing results so far, saying that there is nothing to be concerned about at this stage.

"We scored the optimum result for where we are," Smedley told Autosport.

"We've done that consistently for three races, around sixth to seventh position.

"There's no panic, the development drive is on, as it is for everybody, and there's a whole new structure around Williams, trying to keep the good bits and trying to improve on it.

"That goes for the windtunnel too. There's no panic in the team, we just have to keep doing what we're doing."

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