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Williams credits a few new people and a shuffle to turn around

Sir Frank Williams: Nothing significant has changed, there wasn't a major re-organisation...

Sir Frank Williams has said the recruitment of 'one or two people' and a bit of 'shuffling around' has been the key to the revival of his team this year.

Williams had a miserable 2011, but last time out Pastor Maldonado came through to give the Grove-based outfit its first win since the Brazilian Grand Prix back in 2004. The result was a major boost for the squad and the restructured technical department, which saw Mike Coughlan, Jason Somerville and Mark Gillan added last year, while Sam Michael and Jon Tomlinson both left.

Despite the changes though, Sir Frank added that there 'wasn't a major re-organisation'.

“A few new people arrived, there was a bit of shuffling around. One or two people can make quite a difference and given that it's a complicated matter, as all these people here will tell you, to put the right group of people together and get them to fire on all cylinders. It comes together once in a while with the car and the driver and everything working very well. We took our chance and got it,” he explained in the countdown to this weekend's Monaco GP.

“Nothing significant has changed though. It's the same approach, the same reliability. If we've gone a bit quicker then it's because the car is quicker and that would have come, more than anything else, from the wind tunnel and from the drivers being particularly tuned in to a particular circuit.”

Williams conceded however, that the win at Spain's Circuit de Catalunya was ultimately a surprise.

“I've been racing long enough to know that you should approach any race with a considerable amount of pessimism and you get better after that. All grand prix teams are immensely professional and very few of them make any mistakes worth talking about during a season so it's hard to prise winners away from winning all the time.

“But whatever we did right, and I don't really know what that was, worked very fine and I'm just delighted to walk away with all those points and another number one on the scoreboard,” he concluded.

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13.05.2012- Celebration, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 race winner
13.05.2012- Celebration, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 race winner
13.05.2012- Celebration, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 race winner
12.05.2012- Free Practice 3, Sir Frank Williams(gbr),Team Principal Williams F1 Team
20.04.2012- Free Practice 1, Sir Frank Williams(gbr),Team Principal Williams F1 Team
12.05.2012- Free Practice 3, Sir Frank Williams(gbr),Team Principal Williams F1 Team

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F1 watcher - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 7:53 PM

Sorry David but Sam Michael is not responsible in any way for the design of the Mclaren he looks after the drivers and makes sure the correct parts are at the circuit and a bit of pr with the drivers. He had a much bigger role in design and the technicalities at Williams.....Mclaren just seem to be tripping over themselves.

David Winstanley - Unregistered

May 25, 2012 6:45 PM

If if I remember correctly, when Juan Pablo Montaya was retiring from F1, he was specifically asked if the fact that Williams were making Sam Michaels the team manager would make it any better and he said 'no it will make it worse' and it certainly looks to me as if he was right because Williams without him are certainly better than Williams with him, and Mclaren with him are falling apart at the seams.

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