Head confident Williams will improve

Williams has had a less than stellar start to the 2003 season but technical director Patrick Head is confident that things will get better. The team is fourth in the Constructors' standings and only has one podium finish to its name but Head ...

Williams has had a less than stellar start to the 2003 season but technical director Patrick Head is confident that things will get better. The team is fourth in the Constructors' standings and only has one podium finish to its name but Head dismisses any suggestions of a crisis.

"Anyone who writes us off at this moment doesn't know what Formula One is all about," he said. "We are 19 points behind the leading team McLaren and a one-two finish can win you 18 points."

Williams had a team meeting on Wednesday this week which Head insists was nothing more than a regular event and not a 'crisis' meeting. "We have operational meetings before and after every Grand Prix. It was just one of those," he explained.

"The drivers are invited to attend every meeting and it just happened that they turned up this time. We will improve. The new car is very compact and has great potential. I am confident it will get better and better and we are still not too far off the championship leaders."

The chances of a Williams one-two are perhaps a little slim in Austria this weekend but Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher picked up the pace in free practice on Saturday morning. Montoya was second fastest behind the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello and Ralf fourth behind brother Michael.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams