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Smedley eyes strong Williams showing

Rob Smedley believes Williams may be able to emulate its Silverstone performance at this weekend's German Grand Prix
Rob Smedley believes Williams may be able to emulate its Silverstone performance at this weekend's German Grand Prix.

Having been caught out during a wet qualifying session, Valtteri Bottas recovered from 14th on the grid to finish in second place behind Lewis Hamilton to take his second consecutive podium. Heading to Hockenheim, head of vehicle performance Smedley expects the track will be another that plays to Williams' strengths.

“We haven't been to Hockenheim for two years as a team because you alternate the tracks in Germany but I think that it can be a good track for us,” Smedley said. “It's like Silverstone in the way that it's quite an efficient track. There's good power sensitivity with the long straights which will be good for us.”

However, one area Smedley is wary that Williams could hit trouble is with its rear tyres if hot conditions continue throughout the weekend in to Sunday's race.

“In terms of tyres, we will use both soft and super-soft. It's often cold and rainy as it was during qualifying last time we went there in 2012, alternatively, it can be really hot and that can affect the rear tyres, meaning you must keep both temperatures and graining under control. That is our key focus going into the race weekend, and we hope to come out with more good points.”


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