Williams technical director Patrick Head believes that Ferrari's actions in Formula One last year were a disservice to the sport and that the Scuderia selfishly put its own interests above that of F1. The Ferrari team orders in Austria last...
Williams technical director Patrick Head believes that Ferrari's actions in Formula One last year were a disservice to the sport and that the Scuderia selfishly put its own interests above that of F1. The Ferrari team orders in Austria last season, which had Rubens Barrichello give the win to Michael Schumacher, caused a controversy that, tiresomely, continues even now. After Austria, the mistake was compounded by another contrived finish at Indianapolis and general criticism for the way Ferrari wouldn't let its drivers race each other.
"Ferrari did Formula One a great disservice last year," said Head, according to SportingLife. "They did themselves what they thought was in their sole best interests but did not look too much to the interests of F1. We have two very strong drivers, we have basic background rules, but it is not the same position that Ferrari have with Michael and Rubens Barrichello."
"We have won championships in the past. Take 1986 -- we won the constructors' championship by a long way but lost the drivers' championship with us having two lead drivers. But equally we managed to finish first and second in 1987."
Head, however, does not deny that Ferrari was well ahead of the rest of the grid in terms of performance, team orders or not. It was obvious within a few races that Ferrari was miles ahead of the competition and Williams could only learn and use what it had learned by applying it to this year's FW25.
"The warnings were certainly there in Brazil and Imola but when we came to Barcelona you didn't need to have particularly good vision to see that Ferrari were in a different league," Head commented. "We obviously did careful analysis of everything that we thought was driving that Ferrari immediately after Barcelona and made some decisions which ended up leading to this car."
"The thing that was bad for all the teams and McLaren felt it as much as us, was that the Ferrari was so much ahead. It was an outstanding performer but it was outstanding in reliability as well. The combination meant that they were a long way ahead of us. We did move up from third to second in the constructors', albeit some of that was because of McLaren's problems rather than our advantage. But our expectation is the first position and that's the one we are looking to."