Rob Smedley says Williams must capitalise on its own potential at the Belgian Grand Prix, saying the Spa-Francorchamps circuit should play to the strengths of the FW37.
On the back of a dismal race day in Hungary, where neither Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa scored points, the high-speed, sweeping nature of the iconic Spa-Francorchamps venue is considered better suited to the Mercedes-powered Williams.
Indeed, Smedley feels Williams has an opportunity to shine in Belgium and close the gap again to Mercedes and Ferrari up ahead, but must take advantage of it.
“Returning from the summer break we are all refreshed and absolutely raring to go,” he said. “The team spirit and motivation at Williams is tangible as we look forward to challenging for podium positions in the second part of the year. Spa should be a circuit that suits the FW37 and we therefore have to capitalise on this.
“The long straights twinned with the long sweeping corners in sector two are definitely characteristics where we've seen this year's car perform really well.”
With Spa-Francorchamps' famously inclement weather always a potential factor, Smedley says Williams has paid particularly close attention to improving the FW37's wet form having struggled notably in this area recently.
“The weather is an important factor in Spa and we therefore have to be ready for all circumstances. We have been doing a lot of homework in this area recently and the team has made excellent inroads.”