Rob Smedley says admitting mistakes the key to Williams F1 success

Williams' approach to admitting and learning from its mistakes quickly is helping the team to consistently fight at the front in Formula 1, according to performance chief Rob Smedley

Rob Smedley says admitting mistakes the key to Williams F1 success

The Grove-based team is third in the constructors' championship and beating bigger and better funded operations such as Red Bull and McLaren on pure performance.

Aside from a blip in Monaco, where it failed to score any points, Williams has finished inside the top 10 in every race its cars have started.

Canada saw a big step forward, with Valtteri Bottas scoring the team's first podium of the season and beating both Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

"The team is just improving," said Smedley. "Yes, it has blips and we step backwards, but as a team we hold our hands up and we talk about it internally.

"We say what we've done well, but more importantly we talk about what we haven't done well, and what we need to do better in the future.

"We came to Canada with the firm self-belief that we've fixed issues and we've delivered, but the team has to keep doing that."

Williams is 50 points clear of Red Bull and 100 ahead of McLaren with 12 races still to go and a major update planned for Austria.

Smedley hopes that consistency in the rate of upgrades will enable the team to continue pulling away from those behind while catching Mercedes and Ferrari in front.

"We have a healthy upgrade coming in Austria, but then we've had healthy upgrades at quite a few of the races this year," he said.

"We just keep chipping away at it.

"I don't think we are in the position where we need to talk up what we are going to deliver too much.

"What we do on the track and what we do on a Sunday afternoon should do that talking for us.

"What is good is that we are getting upgrades all the time and we are moving closer to the front.

"Equally as important is that we are moving further away from the people behind us."

shares
comments
Fernando Alonso: McLaren-Honda should focus on 2016 Formula 1 car
Previous article

Fernando Alonso: McLaren-Honda should focus on 2016 Formula 1 car

Next article

Michelin submits bid to become Formula 1 tyre supplier from 2017

Michelin submits bid to become Formula 1 tyre supplier from 2017
Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

Formula 1
Jan 27, 2023
The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Plus

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Plus

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make? Plus

What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make?

While a quick pitstop can make all the difference to the outcome of a Formula 1 race, most team managers say consistency is more important than pure speed. MATT KEW analyses the fastest pitstops from last season to see which ones – if any – made a genuine impact

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2023