Formula One News » F1 2014 – Williams aim for Bahrain podium Posted on 02/04/2014
The Williams F1 team are aiming for a podium finish at the 2014 F1 Bahrain grand prix.
Williams engineer Rob Wilson told ESPN “Absolutely, [finishing on the podium] that’s definitely our target.”
“I think it’s going to be circuit dependent [this year]. I’m quite optimistic for Bahrain, we obviously did a lot of running there and we have a very good idea of where we are in the pecking order in Bahrain, although Red Bull, for example, are looking a lot stronger than they were then.
“This weekend [in Malaysia] I would say we had the legs on McLaren and Ferrari are looking stronger than they have been through winter testing as well.
“If qualifying in Malaysia had been dry we probably would have been third or fourth.
“It’s not down to a lack of downforce, it’s a lack of drag. You’ve got to look at the weekend holistically and you’ve got to look at where you want to put your car.
“You’ve got to look at whether you want to be quick in quali on a certain type of track or do you want to be quick in the race at another type of track. You have to look at the whole year and the circuits we go to and the level of drag we are prepared to take.”
“Part of that equation is the amount of fuel you want to carry. If you take the rear wing off the car then you’ll use three quarters of the amount of fuel, but it’s about finding a balance and maybe we found that balance slightly differently to some other teams. Sometimes it benefits us and other times it detracts.”