Adrian Suttil has cut himself a deal as the Williams reserve driver. This further slashes the chance of seeing Susie race for Williams. I hope the test and development drivers dont feel that they have been stitched up here
And Jenson is driving Miss Daisy - SkySports commentary
I wonder f Ferrari really want him, or are just as Claire says trying to destabilise the team?
I was looking at the Williams' drivers achievements thus far this season.......I know statistics don't say it all......but Bottas hasn't really dominated Massa at all, which has you would have expected him to have done given the hype surrounding him. The scores are....... Quali Massa 6 Bottas 4 Race Massa 4 Bottas 5
So either Bottas is getting over hyped or Massa is under valued. Maybe a bit of both. I like Massa ( except in 2011 )I also think it's very hard to place him. He nearly beat Lewis in 2008. He had to play second fiddle to Alonso. He had his injury which affected him a lot. And now he's measuring up to a highly thought of driver........and I think Massa has probably had more 'issues' than Valteri this season. A tricky one is Massa. Or maybe Bottas just isn't as special as he's made out to be?
We've been so busy talking about Red Bull and Ferrari this year and where they'd be next year that William has been under the radar. I'm thinking Them and Lotus to be the black horse choices for the 2016 season.
ESPNF1 Williams spent much of the second half of the season focusing on a "significantly different" 2016 car, which head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley says explains the team's dip in form at the final two races.
Williams secured third in the constructors' championship with one race remaining this year, but was comfortably clear of Red Bull in fourth for most of the season. Smedley said his team took the decision to switch its focus to 2016 as early as possible, meaning the 2015 car lacked development while the 2016 project took a new direction.
"After projecting forward that we would have a comfortable third in the championship and second place wasn't going to be possible, we halted development on this car quite a long time ago," Smedley said. "When we were developing the car, as I'm sure you are aware, the correlation with the wind tunnel was very good and when we were putting development on the car then that transpired in lap time.
"The end of the season has been slightly lacklustre compared to last year, but last year we developed the car right to the very last moment. This year, having consolidated and been comfortable in third, our focus had to switch to 2016 and 2017."
Smedley said the team saw no benefit in testing 2016 wings and bodywork on the 2015 car but did test other parts.
"The car we have in the wind tunnel for 2016 and our end-of-season 2015 car are significantly different. From an aerodynamic point of view we couldn't test any 2016 parts on the 2015 car, but other parts from R&D and mechanical design we have tried. But usually you need a package of upgrades to see any significant lap time improved, so all of our significant lap time improvement at the end of the year was back in the wind tunnel in Grove."
Asked if he was confident Williams will move up the grid in 2016, Smedley added: "It's all relative, isn't it? We could have a stellar winter of development and Ferrari and Red Bull could have an even more stellar one.
"Everything that we are seeing at the moment is good and we are hitting targets and always looking not just at headline numbers but also at very significant areas of aerodynamic development as well. It's an ongoing process of getting us back to the front and at the minute we are reasonably happy with what we are seeing."
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