Williams have re-appeared over the past few months as a force to be reckoned with, scoring 77 points in the last four races. That included a run of three consecutive podiums for Valtteri Bottas as the emerging Finn finished third in Austria and runner-up in the two races that followed at Britain and Germany.
The Grove-based marquee’s technical director Pat Symonds has heaped admires upon the team and its drivers following a significant revolve in fortunes over the past season.
“There was an air of panic, which was something I attacked. I established what was needed and started putting it in place; looked at the processes; and then tried to focus people on performance. We didn’t have that: each department was doing it individually but everyone was in silos and there was very little communication.” Symonds told Official F1 website.
“I obviously knew where I wanted to get the team to, and I still know where I want to get to, and that is a long way further ahead from where we are now, but the initial progress is much better than I had expected.
“It’s never one person: what it shows is that there was some quality there, it just needed direction as to how to turn that quality into performance.” He added
“There were other fortunate things as well, not least of which was the Mercedes contract – there was nothing wrong with the Renault engine, it won world championships last year while Williams finished ninth, so it wasn’t just about that.”
“But I was very pleased that we had the Mercedes contract. There is no doubt it is the best power unit in Formula One at the moment and I always felt it would be, and it has helped in the renaissance without a doubt.”
Besides the engine, Symonds also feels that the driver line-up of Bottas and Massa is one of the best that he has worked with in Formula 1.
“Of all the years I’ve been in F1, of all the great drivers I’ve worked with, I think I’m lucky this year to have two guys that are right up there, who get on well, who approach their job with intelligence and diligence, who are both very quick and both understand what we are trying to do as a team,” he explained.
“They are very good at driving the team together – that is probably the key reason I am so happy. The team is undergoing change and the drivers are so much part of that, it is helping us no end.”