Claire Williams says Williams 'boosted' by successful first test with FW36 at Jerez

Team chief also says new signing Massa a "really great motivator"

By James Galloway.   Last Updated: 10/02/14 3:18pm

  • Share:

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Claire Williams has admitted Williams' successful first test with the new FW36 has served as a "good boost" to team - but insisted they aren't getting carried away with their early winter form.

The former multiple World Champions have initiated a major shake-up of their technical operation for this season in response to a depressing 2013 slump which saw them slip to ninth place in the Constructors' Championship - their joint-worst ever placing.

In addition to hiring Ferrari veteran Felipe Massa to lead the team's efforts on the track, Williams have also switched from Renault to Mercedes power for the first year of F1's new turbo era - a move that, on the first evidence of the first test at least, appears to be inspired after their former engine supplier struggled for mileage at Jerez.

Massa also finished the opening test with the fastest time on Day Four, but asked if expectations had now been raised upwards at the team as a result, Williams, the team's Deputy Team Principal, replied: "No, we never do that, not at Williams.

"It's the first test and it is a really difficult year, or different year, for everybody with the regulations.

"We did have a good test in Jerez which is obviously great for the team, it's a really good boost. But it's a really long season as everybody knows."

Massa drove the final two days at Jerez & proved quickest on Day Four

While Renault's three customers racked up 151 laps between them in Spain, Williams contributed 175 laps to the near-900 the four Mercedes-powered teams completed, the German manufacturer the clear 'winner' of the opening test.

"Mercedes are a fantastic partner, they've been really good for us over the past six months of development work for them," Williams added.

"So we're really looking forward to continuing that work for the rest of the year."

Williams also said that Massa's arrival at Grove had energised both the team and the Brazilian driver himself.

"He's such a great guy, he's a lovely guy and I think for him this is a new challenge, which is exciting for him," she explained.

"But it's exciting for everyone in the team and he's a really great motivator as well."

The Sky Sports F1 Online team will be providing live commentary of all three winter tests with live updates from trackside also on Sky Sports News. The next test, in Bahrain, begins on Wednesday February 19.

  • Share:


F1 in 2014

Haas: Survival first target

With Caterham's future uncertain, incoming F1 team owner Gene Haas says his outfit will learn from the errors of others.

Caterham Team Principal Manfredi Ravetto

Caterham future in doubt

Caterham's F1 future is in serious doubt amid the onset of a bitter ownership row between the team's old and new owners.

Lewis plays down title experience

Lewis Hamilton admits he feels like he is battling for his first F1 title given his hitherto sole win was six years ago.

Related Profiles


Most Popular


Alonso 'ambitious'

Alonso 'ambitious'

Cat-and-mouse game with the media continues as the Spaniard remains coy on his F1 future in 2015.

Ways to watch

Ways to watch

From Sky Go, to Now TV and the live race hub, here's the ways you can follow the U.S. GP with Sky F1.

Three-car teams

Three-car teams

F1 has had them before, but things were different back then. What would it say about F1 now?