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More than a feeling // Williams improve on 2013 performance but still hunger for more

Published by Christine

Williams improve on 2013 performance but still hunger for more
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Williams have shown increased pace over the past few days in Melbourne, and they've made so many changes during the build up to the 2014 season that everyone at the team were hoping for a huge improvement in qualifying. They did manage the conditions reasonably well, with both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas getting through to the third session of qualifying.

However, once there, things didn't go according to plan. Rod Nelson, chief test and support engineer, explained: "[We] did not make the most out of our intermediate tyres towards the end of Q3 and so didn't get the sort of times on our final runs that we would have expected. On the whole this has been a promising start though and we have looked on the pace, especially in the dry."

At the same time, Valtteri Bottas has to deal with a five place grid penalty, after the team changed the gearbox on his car during final practice. "It's a shame that we have had to change my gearbox as our reliability has looked so good in testing, but our dry pace has looked quite strong so if the weather is good then we will have a good chance of finishing in the points tomorrow."