Williams Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley is optimistic the layout of the Interlagos circuit can work in his team's favour as his team looks to tie up third in the F1 Constructors' Championship.
After bouncing back from the disappointment of a double DNF in America with a third and a sixth place in Mexico, Smedley is confident Williams' woes in low-speed circuit won't be an issue at the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite the circuit in Sao Paulo creating a contrasting blend of challenges.
Smedley is confident his Williams team can optimise its performance around the first and last sections of the Interlagos circuit to compensate for any loss of performance in the tight and twisty middle section which shares similar characteristics to the Hungarian GP circuit where both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished trailing its rivals.
“Brazil should be a good circuit for our cars - it was certainly good for us last year with Felipe on the podium at his home race, and we will look to repeat that,” Smedley said. “The layout is power and drag sensitive so the efficiency should work in our favour. The hard part will be getting the car to perform well in sector two.”
With Williams pulling out the smallest of gaps on Red Bull in Mexico – Williams extended its advantage by a single point with P3 and P6 compared to Red Bull's P4 and P5 – it now holds a 71-point lead over the Milton Keynes squad.
Another positive result in Brazil will guarantee its second consecutive third place finish in the F1 Constructors' championship and Smedley is upbeat about Williams' form moving into the end of the season.
“We head to Brazil after a good result for the team in Mexico,” he added. “We are in good spirits, with our main target of securing third position in the Constructors' Championship still firmly on track. It means we are going to be racing extremely hard to make that happen.
“Equally as important will be beating the cars that we have been racing against all season. We want to get a good result and find ourselves in a position to celebrate securing third position on Sunday evening.”