Pat Symonds looking forward to the British Grand Prix


Valtteri Bottas & Felipe Massa - Credit: Andrew Hone/Williams

Williams Martini Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds believes that they can overcome their problems of Austria and have a strong race at Silverstone.

Symonds feels that the team has fixed the problems that plagued Felipe Massa at the start of the Austrian Grand Prix and that Symonds has said that both drivers will be running with the new front wing that looked positive in Austria.

“We’re confident that we have overcome the problem that forced Felipe to start from the pit lane and expect both cars to be running the latest front wing, which showed a positive result during testing in Austria,” revealed Symonds.

“Silverstone is another strong circuit for us and even though Austria did not deliver what it promised, there is no reason to think that our home race won’t give us a strong result.”

As the British Grand Prix is just round the corner, Symonds has identified the unpredictability of the English weather and how it could affect the performance of the Williams. The team have under-performed in changeable conditions with the characteristics of FW38 not suiting a wet track because of the low drag performance that Williams have designed.

“The weather in Britain has been quite unpredictable over the last month and may well play a role in the outcome of the weekend ahead,” added Symonds.

Williams have recently gone well in Silverstone with Valtteri Bottas finishing on the podium in 2014, the long straights and sweeping corners suits the FW38 and Symonds believes the team can have a strong performance.

The British Grand Prix and Williams have a strong connection after Williams won their first and 100th Grand Prix and holds a special place in the hearts of all Williams drivers.

Symonds is looking forward to the introduction of the new front wing, in which he believes could have a huge impact and give the factory-based staff an opportunity to see their work in action.

“We always look forward to racing at our home circuit, particularly as it gives our factory-based workforce, who contribute so much to the overall performance of the car, the opportunity to see the product of their work race in anger.”