2008 Turkish GP preview: Williams

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Williams, Barcelona, 2008, 470150

In pre-season testing Williams were one of the most promising teams but their performance in the first four races of the year is a little hard to read.

They are jostling for position in the heart of the midfield where just a few hundredths of a second in qualifying can make the difference between points and no points in the race.

What can we expect from them in Istanbul?

Kazuki Nakajima out-qualified Nico Rosberg for the first time at the Circuit de Catalunya. Was this an uncharacteristically below-par performance from Rosberg or a step forward by his team mate?

I suspect a little more of the former than the latter, as Rosberg was back on it in the race and was on course for seventh place (a decent result from 15th on the grid at the overtaking-free-zone that is Catalunya) when his Toyota engine went pop.

Rosberg was a fine seventh here last year on a day when none of the leading Ferraris, McLarens or BMWs dropped out. These teams are out of reach to Williams and the worry for them now is that Renault might have leap-frogged them as well.

Rosberg has high hopes of the teams’ performance at Istanbul:

I’m looking forward to Turkey. It was our strongest race last year in terms of pace in comparison to the front runners so I think we can do well there. The circuit itself is great and it should suit our car.

But I wonder if Williams are starting to slip behind the chasing pack as they develop their cars faster than Williams can improve the FW30?

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