cformula1 wrote:The Williams-Renault deal is good news, and hopefully will mark the start of a more successful era for Williams.
Hopefully. But I can't see it for many years. McLaren & Ferrari will always be fighting at the top. Red Bull should be around until 2013 at least, every team has a period of dominance and theirs will end eventually. Renault & Mercedes in their previous guises have been there, done that. But Williams are desperately trying to halt a downwards spiral and their pace this year had quite frankly been shocking. I thought 2010 was something of a revival but it hasn't worked out that way. The suggestion is that Renault could pull the plug on its team and collaborate with Williams (because Renault isn't really Renault anyway) and that might be the best option for Williams. They've gone a long time without success.
Next year for them, good progress would be 6th in the WCC (just getting back to 2010 level). This year, they're looking down the barrel of a 9th place finish as the top 6 are too far ahead, whilst catching Force India and even Toro Rosso is looking tricky. With the changes they've made, there's a chance of that but I can't help but feel that Sam Michaels was wasted in his role through trying to do too much. Yes, his cars have sucked but thats not his fault if, as Frank puts it, he's doing too many jobs. He needs to focus solely on his own job.