Williams stays calm about chances of repeat win in Monaco Grand Prix

Williams is not allowing itself to get too confident about its chances of another victory in the Monaco Grand Prix - despite Pastor Maldonado's impressive track record there and the boost delivered by its success in Spain

Williams stays calm about chances of repeat win in Monaco Grand Prix

The Grove-based outfit ended an eight-year win drought at Barcelona, and its strong showing there has left it as a serious contender for another triumph on the streets of Monte Carlo.

But Williams board member Toto Wolff insists the team is not getting too far ahead of itself, and will instead approach the weekend completely open-minded about its chances.

"Pastor has won in every category he raced in and also Bruno [Senna] won in GP2, so we are very much looking forward to Monaco," Wolff told AUTOSPORT. "But I think we should not set our expectations too high at this stage, because I think if you do that then you find out that at the track where you expected to be the most competitive, you are not.

"So, let's not guess - instead let's see what happens there on Thursday and Saturday. But I am very much looking forward to going there."

Wolff is upbeat about the progress that Williams has made since the start of the season - and thinks the foundations are being laid for further success.

"What we have seen is that our performance has been going up since the beginning of the season," he said. "Pastor was a solid sixth running behind Fernando [Alonso] in the first race, and we have seen on the data that we have been OK on our long runs.

"Our race pace was always good, but we somehow did not quite manage to do the results. So while I would not say the win in Spain was out of nowhere, delivering the win was something special.

"But the guys are doing a proper job. We must not forget Mike [Coughlan, technical director] and the others, they have worked at Williams for nearly nine months and we didn't expect that things would progress so fast.

"We are working with our drivers, who are young and who have not got so much experience, and what we saw in Spain is that we have a fantastic team, a very good car, a tremendous race strategy, courageous race strategy and a driver who was faultless, fast and intelligent. This all makes me very proud.

"Normally I don't expect any miracles to happen in my life, but in Spain I saw it as a bit of a miracle, and it was well deserved for the team."

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