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Williams troubles continues with pitstop error



Williams troubles continues with pitstop error

Williams troubles continues with pitstop error

Williams’ head of engineering performance Rob Smedley has admitted to rising dissatisfaction over the ongoing pitstop troubles in some races that continue to bug the Williams F1 team.

Main tragedy being during the Belgian GP, when a medium tyre was wrongly fitted to the right-rear wheel of Valtteri Bottas’s car among a set of softs. Also, last Grand Prix at Japan they did again a slow task with its stops, resulted Bottas lost fourth place to Raikkonen’s Ferrari in the final pit series.

“We’re making some inroads, we had slow pitstops for other reasons [in Japan] and part of that definitely helped Kimi to get in front of Valtteri as well. said Smedley

“We probably just weren’t quick enough to react to get that final set of tyres on and keep him behind. Very disappointing. It is something we need to address. We can’t just erase it like that. It is something we do need to improve.

“We have a fairly regular occurrence of one issue, which is the wheel nuts have been a little bit tight to take off. “But then in Japan we had other things which were thrown at us as well. “So as usual, there’s a tsunami of work to do after every race, it’s just this has been a slightly bigger tsunami.”

Russian Grand Prix Preview

Rob Smedley
The objectives for the Championship are fairly clear. We are looking to reduce the gap to the teams in front and extend the gap to the teams behind and we hope to further realise those goals in Russia. The facilities in Sochi are excellent considering it’s a new track and we are hoping for another good race, with plenty of overtaking like last year. The track has some quick straights and low speed corners, so the compromise on downforce has to be correct. Sochi is a circuit that suits our car with high power and drag sensitivities. We managed to have a good weekend last year from a performance point of view and we will be looking to build on this.

Felipe Massa
Russia is a very nice track with a few long straights which makes it interesting for overtaking. The circuit has almost everything, starting with a straight and then moving into high-speed corners and then very slow corners in the middle sector. This makes setting up the car really important and the importance of downforce evident. I hope to make amends for qualifying last year and I’m confident we can have a competitive race.

Valtteri Bottas
We had a good result last year in Russia so we’re expecting another strong weekend and a good collection of points. We all know the track now and it has a really good flow, with the long straights a good fit for our car. The fans were passionate last year so we look forward to putting on another good show for them. Pace wise we were close to Mercedes in Japan and I think we can be close again in Sochi, just like we were in 2014.


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