WILLIAMS - RUNNING SCARED?

WILLIAMS - RUNNING SCARED?

Post by _AD_ » Wed, 12 Mar 1997 04:00:00


        One thing that last weekend's proceedings allowed us to see, was
that the Williams team had infact been hiding their "TRUE" performance
during the winter.  I was amazed by how better, they appeared, compared to
other teams (even those using the same engines!).  It must be said it
appears unlikely that they will be seriously challenged, especially during
the first part of the season.  Adrian Newey has again produced a car so
mcuch better than the others but one thing must be remebered: he is no
longer at Williams. This, I feel, will seriously hamper ther development
of the car during the season, and as other teams slowly catch up with
them, they will be left with Patrick Head and Newey's ex-assistants, who I
feel will be less well able to cope.  
        Williams may not have the best car in a few seasons time and they
will no longer be able to simply replace drivers because of expense!  Will
Williams sink or swim?

                PHILIPPE ROSE

 
 
 

WILLIAMS - RUNNING SCARED?

Post by mwh: » Fri, 14 Mar 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>         One thing that last weekend's proceedings allowed us to see,
> was  that the Williams team had infact been hiding their "TRUE"
> performance during the winter.  I was amazed by how better, they
> appeared, compared to other teams (even those using the same
> engines!).  It must be said it appears unlikely that they will be
> seriously challenged, especially during the first part of the season.
> Adrian Newey has again produced a car so mcuch better than the others
> but one thing must be remebered: he is no longer at Williams.

I think its only fair to say that an F1 car is not designed by one
man, that it is a team effort; also, that Williams made Newey, not
the other way around (how about the 881 F1 Judd-powered car designed
by Adrian Newey, anyone?) - Newy does not stand in relation to Williams
as Colin Chapman stood to Lotus.

Quote:
>                                                             This, I
> feel, will seriously hamper ther development of the car during the
> season, and as other teams slowly catch up with them, they will be
> left with Patrick Head and Newey's ex-assistants, who I feel will be
> less well able to cope.

I think they will get along pretty OK without him.