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Williams want to become title contenders

2014 has been a good year for the Williams team.

The third and fourth place finishes for Massa and Bottas at the Italian Grand Prix lifted Williams ahead of Ferrari in the Formula One Constructors Championship, placing Williams in third place behind Mercedes and Red Bull Racing.

Quite a turnaround for a team that finished the 2013 F1 constructors championship in ninth place.

The switch from Renault to Mercedes obviously played a large part in their transformation, but a lot of internal personnel changes and management restructures have also played their part in what Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams calls a 'reset'.

“We’ve always had a long-term plan when we pushed the reset button last year. We’ve turned the team more significantly around than we thought we would have done,” Claire Williams told Sky Sports.

But the plan for one of Britain's most successful Formula One teams does not stick at the odd podium finish.

Williams want to return to the top step of the podium on a regular basis and begin to battle for their first title since 1997.

“Going from ninth to fourth [before Monza] and then hopefully battling on from third. It’s a significant turnaround, but it’s always been when we hit that reset button about winning another World Championship – and not just one, hopefully more after that as well. So that’s the plan and now the work is going in to try and achieve that.

“It’s relatively easy to turn around a team that’s in ninth and take it up to fourth, but when you want to start challenging for a championship it’s a whole different piece of work.”

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Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 16 2014

Time: 1:00PM


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