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Smedley explains Williams F1 team orders



Smedley explains Williams F1 team orders
Williams Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley explains the team’s orders for their drivers to hold station ahead of the Mercedes pair at the start of the British Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa made an impressive start to take the lead in to Turn 1, and his teammate Bottas appeared faster than him, when run on second position after overtaking Lewis Hamilton at the restart following a short safety car period.

And Bottas appeared ready to overtake Massa; however, Williams asked him not to. The duo Massa and Bottas finally came home fourth and fifth at Silverstone.

“We were happy to let them race as long as we weren’t holding each other up,” Smedley said.

“I don’t think you get all of the radio messages. Obviously, it was a little bit more clear-cut than that.

“As long as weren’t holding each other up, as long as they weren’t fighting hard and battling, which was what was happening in those first laps, then we were then going back into the clutches of Mercedes – we didn’t want to do that.”

“After a couple of laps, when it all calmed down, I said if you can make a clean pass then it’s absolutely fine, you’re racing again.”


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