Williams eyes Austria Ferrari challenge

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams is confident that it can build on its performance at the Canadian Grand Prix by closing the gap to rivals Ferrari at this weekend's race in Austria.

Williams has been comfortably the third best squad across the opening part of 2015 but secured its first podium of the campaign in Canada courtesy of third place for Valtteri Bottas.

That result comes ahead of this weekend's race in Austria, where last year Williams locked out the front row of the grid before challenging Mercedes in race trim and collecting third and fourth.

"We are coming out of a race where we’ve shown great pace and good tyre management so going into Austria we can be confident of aiming for the front again," said Williams' Rob Smedley.

"It’s a circuit that is very rewarding for power and drag and we know that our car is strong in these areas, so we’re confident.

"It’s a great little track out in the countryside, you get a lot of fans there who are big fans of Formula 1 which is always nice.

"Third is looking even more solid but we can’t take anything for granted and it isn’t just about third. We want to push on and try to close up to Ferrari. It’s a circuit where we can make points on them and that is our target."

Williams is currently 76 points behind second-placed Ferrari in the Constructors' championship.

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