Rob Smedley says his Williams team has regrouped from a couple of difficult moments this season and has been impressed by the way the squad has reacted.

Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering for Williams, says there was no hiding his frustrations at the team after Valtteri Bottas lost the chance of a strong result in the Belgian Grand Prix when a pit blunder saw his team incorrectly fit a medium tyre to the right-rear wheel among a set of softs. To add to the ignominy, Bottas had to serve a drive-through penalty for the error and eventually finished ninth.

Williams has also endured more difficult races during the European stint of the season, most notably Monaco and Hungary, and post-Belgium Smedley hosted meetings at the team's base to find solutions to its problems.

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"There were a few things that we weren't particularly happy with, the most obvious to the outside world was what happened in the pit stops [in Spa] but there were other things as well that I wasn't particularly happy with how things were panning out," Smedley said.

"It was really a case of going back to the factory and re-grouping and being quite honest and open with ourselves, talking about how we were going to do if differently."

Smedley says it wasn't a time to panic by making vast changes and despite its struggles he commended the team on how it reacted to the situation. Felipe Massa grabbed an emotional podium finish at Monza to move ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in the F1 drivers' championship.

"Whenever you make changes, they've got to be subtle, they can't be knee-jerk reactions and you can't change the world because you've had an issue," Smedley explained. "They've got to be well-considered and well thought out.

"We've made a few subtle changes; just in the way that we operate here over a weekend and what I have to say is that up till this point in the weekend, I am really pleased in the way in which everybody has reacted. The team has reacted really, really well.

"There is a little bit of pressure on us, quite rightly, it's Formula One and we're operated towards the front end of the pack. The team has to understand the pressure will only get more."

The Williams chief believes if the team is to meet its targets of race wins and challenging the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari on a consistent basis then it must cope with the demands of F1 with a stronger resolution.

"If we want to win races and World Championships, then the pressure we've got now is nothing like the pressure that they're on at the front," he said. "The team knows that, I've reiterated that to the team, Pat's reiterated that to the team.

"We're both running teams and have been instrumental, senior players in winning World Championships and the pressure is enormous when you do that."