Smedley laments ‘mediocre’ weekend


Williams boss Rob Smedley said that this past weekend’s performance was rather underwhelming  since the had high expectations before the race.

At Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa started from pitlane and ended up not finishing after retiring because his brakes overheated. His teammate Valtteri Bottas was also disappointing, placing in a tame ninth position.

Smedley admitted that their race weekend was mediocre at best, having been tipped to score some serious points at the Red Bull Ring.

“It was not where we need to be,” said the 42-year-old.

“It was just pretty mediocre throughout, we didn’t have the pace in the car itself. Valtteri wasn’t able to make the tyres last, which is a little bit strange for him, but even without that, the pace in the car just wasn’t there.

“With the asphalt changes they have made here, I think it’s a different circuit.

“We need to try and understand it, we need more expertise in that area and to improve our knowledge of tyre science.”