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Williams: Red Bull can be caught

Claire Williams says Williams is targeting second in the constructors' championship after moving ahead of Ferrari in to third
Claire Williams says Williams is targeting second in the constructors' championship after moving ahead of Ferrari in to third.

Williams was three points behind Ferrari heading in to the German Grand Prix but Valtteri Bottas' second place – his third consecutive podium – was enough to move it five points ahead. Asked if it had been easy to do so due to the pace advantage of the car, Williams said the team was working to achievable targets and believes the next one is to catch Red Bull over the remaining nine races.

“There is no easy prey in Formula One, but yes, three points is an achievable amount [to overhaul] isn't it?” Williams told the official Formula One website. “The target was to take P3 in the constructors' championship. Red Bull is only sixty-seven points ahead of us - and they are in P2 - and with the current point system there is no reason why we can't be fighting for P2 this year!”

And Williams said she is confident the team will be able to match Red Bull in terms of development beyond F1's mid-season break.

“There is no reason why we can't. We have always been a team that has developed our cars over the course of the season - and we have got resources in-house. So there is no reason why we shouldn't continue doing what we are doing now and build on the consistency that we have now. I definitely think that we can keep this momentum going. Where we are now is a far cry from where we were at the same time last year!”


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cassyo

July 21, 2014 4:06 PM

Good to see Claire aiming higher. There is no reason not to do so, after all. But, for that, Williams will have to count on both drivers, not just Bottas most of time, because these two teams are somehow evenly matched: Williams have a stronger package (by now), RedBull -a better pairing. So it is easy, for all, to see how Williams could challenge the Bulls : Massa will have to raise his game, on a constant basis, because the car is already there.



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