Symonds: Lotus not a real threat to Williams


Pat Symonds has dismissed the possibility of Lotus threatening Williams before the end of the season.

Lotus switched to the same Mercedes engine as Williams over the winter break following a miserable 2014 campaign with Renault power.

The Enstone based team has shown strong pace in the opening rounds of this season  and has singled out Williams as a target to beat.

But speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, Williams chief technical officer Symonds says he does not consider Lotus a real threat to his team.

“No, I think that they’ve got a good car and they’ve moved forward a lot and well done to them,” he said.

“But like many teams, they really are quite tight on budget and therefore I think the development they’ll be able to do is somewhat limited.

“It’s early to say that they’re not a threat – they’re not a threat right at the moment. And my supposition is that it’ll be difficult for them to out-develop us. But one never knows.”

But Symonds does not believe the same logic applies to Williams, who are aiming to overhaul a Ferrari team with a greater budget.

“It makes it more challenging, yes, without a doubt,” he explained. “Ferrari’s a much bigger organisation than Williams with enormous funding.

“That increases our challenge. But it was exactly like that last year; we started the season behind Ferrari, we finished the season in front of Ferrari. So it’s not a given that we can’t keep up.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Williams F1 Team


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