Sir Frank Williams, eponymous team principal, says that his team are not yet as good or as quick as they need to be to win the title again. Although currently ahead of Ferrari and McLaren in the Constructors' standings after three races, Williams...
Sir Frank Williams, eponymous team principal, says that his team are not yet as good or as quick as they need to be to win the title again. Although currently ahead of Ferrari and McLaren in the Constructors' standings after three races, Williams is cautious about predicting future success: "I'm aware some people said we were ready to win a title again, but I never subscribed to that view," he said, speaking to the British press. "We hope to win one, of course, but we're not as quick or as good as we need to be at this moment."
During the Brazilian Grand Prix Juan Pablo Montoya clashed with Michael Schumacher which resulted in Montoya finishing fifth after having to stop for a new nose cone. "We were beaten fair and square in the last race, although we helped the guy (Schumacher) to beat us in a way, and we don't believe it is just a moment or two before we've got them," Williams commented. "There are circuits coming up we know will cause us difficulties and we're working on our weaknesses. Once we close the gap, it's fair to say we'll be a pretty good team."
Williams believes that winning the Constructors' title means more to him than the Driver's because he appreciates the huge amount of work that the whole team put in. "For me, it is the most satisfying," he said. "I understand why the focus of public attention is on the drivers, the gladiatorial side of the sport is what appeals to most people. But I know the hard work that goes in around this team and every other team, the huge sacrifices people make behind the scenes. Drivers come and go, but the teams, the bigger teams at any rate, have been running for 30, 40, 50 years. Just watch the McLaren guys in the pit lane if they beat Ferrari and Williams; they're jubilant."
Williams has always thought that the cars are every bit, if not more important as those behind the steering wheel and is forthright in his opinion on drivers: "When they're in the car (they're great). Out of it, they're a pain in the bum," he remarked with a smile, adding, "Of course, some are charming and intelligent."