Rob Smedley says there has been "a fantastic reaction" from Williams to his plans for car development this season.

Having joined the team as head of vehicle performance, Smedley revealed that one of the first things he did was focus on key updates specific to each circuit. Having admitted that Williams underperformed at times during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, he said that there were new parts coming which should solve the front tyre warm-up issues that affected both drivers.

"We could have worked better with what we have already," Smedley said. "There are updates that are coming which will definitely help that and we kind of recognised that before. One of the first things that I did when I got to Williams is kind of schedule in the type of updates that you need for certain tracks in terms of what helps you where.

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"You just need to know the characteristics of the track and what's coming. That's been quite good. There's been a fantastic reaction from the factory, so I hope that we are able to get on top of it."

While Smedley stopped short of saying Williams would be back to its Spanish Grand Prix level of performance ahead of the likes of Force India and McLaren, he definitely expects progress at the next race in Montreal.

"I'm confident that we could have done a better job [in Monaco] with what we've got. Whether or not that brings us enough in the next races to get back in front of those teams remains to be seen. But we know where the problems are and we'll definitely be attacking them and having a better plan of action for the next race."