Susie Wolff, Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Felipe Nasr, Williams FW36 livery reveal, 2014

Williams “relieved” car appears competitive

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Susie Wolff, Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Felipe Nasr, Williams FW36 livery reveal, 2014In the round-up: Williams say they are relieved the FW36 looks like being competitive this year.

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Williams relief ahead of new F1 season (BBC)

Claire Williams: “I’m surprised and relieved we have what’s looking like a competitive car. But you have to temper that because you don’t know what the other teams are doing and whether there is any sandbagging.”

Dennis: Lewis could return (Sky)

“I know Lewis’s character and he was bitterly disappointed to not win the [2012] Singapore Grand Prix. Strangely enough it wasn’t the failure of a McLaren component that forced him to stop in that race, but nevertheless he was vulnerable and the right offer at the right time was made to him and so he jumped.”

Horner: We haven’t become idiots overnight (The Telegraph)

“We know we don’t have the pace to challenge the Mercedes teams at the moment, but it’s very much a case of see where we are in Melbourne. Then we know the scale and magnitude of what we have to climb.”

Sebastian Vettel admits Red Bull are having a ‘bloody difficult time’ in quest to achieve record-equalling fifth consecutive championship (The Independent)

“Everybody is fine. It’s just a bloody difficult time because it’s a difficult car to work on.”

India not giving up hope of Formula One return (Reuters)

“‘It’s unfortunate but once the government gives the recognition I am very hopeful that Mr Ecclestone’s concerns will be satisfied,’ Akbar Ebrahim, the chairman of racing at FMSCI, told Reuters on Thursday.”

Jaypee keen on having F1 in 2015, Ecclestone in 2016 (Business Standard)

Jaypee Sports International chief executive Sameer Gaur: “As I have said earlier, I would want the race to return next year but let’s see what comes out from the meeting with Mr. Ecclestone.”

Williams Martini: A winning cocktail (ESPN)

“Gordon Murray’s already gorgeous BT44 was set off perfectly by the Martini Brabham colour scheme in 1975. Gordon says that the BT44B was one of favourites because of this, but he admits the livery was down to his boss, a certain Mr Ecclestone. ‘It was all Bernie,’ says Gordon. ‘He loved doing that sort of thing and, to be honest, he had a great eye for such detail. It just made that car.'”

Jochen Mass: the man who knew when to stop (McLaren)

Gilles [Villeneuve’s] death was profoundly shocking to Jochen – understandably so. But, in those days, F1 folk did not stop or take stock when deaths occurred. So Jochen duly drove in the next day’s Belgian Grand Prix, retiring after 60 laps with engine failure.”

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The new Williams livery drew much praise.

I too would like to see more of the Martini stripes than white. But, the white base is very “old school” and plays well to Williams as an old school f1 race team. White also makes it easier to spot leaks.

Overall, I think Williams has done the best job this year. Great buzz, great marketing of new sponsors released slowly to keep them in the headlines, solid testing results, and awesome signing to cut out the Maldonado cancer and bring in someone as well-liked and quick as Massa.

I will always be a Tifosi first, but Williams is my next favourite. I sure hope Massa can get a win/podiums this year.
Christopher (@Twiinzspeed)

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