Williams aiming for French turnaround

Williams has been less competitive than it hoped so far this season but the team is hoping for a turnaround come the French Grand Prix at the beginning of July. Williams did not fare so well early in 2003 either, but that summer saw a return to...

Williams has been less competitive than it hoped so far this season but the team is hoping for a turnaround come the French Grand Prix at the beginning of July. Williams did not fare so well early in 2003 either, but that summer saw a return to form that had Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher win four races and a string of podium positions between them.

Frank Williams hopes to do the same again: "Last year we cracked it and although we are struggling a little with the car, if the plan goes well then from the French Grand Prix we should start to deliver," said the team boss. "The car has got life in it yet."

Sam Michael, who was recently promoted to technical director, is overseeing the new developments on the FW26. "Our plan is to get back to the front," he said. "And I can see how to do it with this car. The people who are working for me can see it, too."

Williams' new wind tunnel, although not fully operational just yet, can bring some benefits this season but will primarily be of use for developing next year's car. "But that's not to say that we won't bring parts to the track that have been developed in the new tunnel," said Michael. "In fact we've already done some studies that have helped that anyway."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams