Ten reasons to watch F1 in 2014
The new season is finally upon us, and NOBODY knows what’s going to happen. Great, isn’t it?
Posted: 14 Mar 2014
8) The Williams comeback is for real. And sponsored by Martini
After eight days of testing in Bahrain (following on from four in Jerez) Felipe Massa recorded the fastest overall time of the winter; 1min 33.258secs, just under a second short of Nico Rosberg's 2013 pole time. Team-mate Valtteri Bottas covered the highest number of miles of any driver across the second part of the Bahrain test. In fact, across the entire off-season, Williams' mileage was beaten only by the Mercedes ‘works' team.
It would seem switching to Mercedes (away from Renault) has proven to be just the latest in a series of smart moves from Sir Frank and daughter Claire Williams. There is a very real sense that the team might just be back where it was in the 1980s and ‘90s. With a technical staff re-built under the direction of Pat Symonds, some key hires including Massa and his former race-engineer Rob Smedley, and a proper budget thanks to Martini, Williams might just challenge at the very front this year. That would be a very welcome sight indeed, we're sure you all agree.