Williams for the win

I’ve just seen the practice times for this weekend’s Spanish GP and declared to the office – or the two people within earshot anyway – that I’d love to see Williams win another GP.

Everyone was curious as to why.

I think it’s the ethos of the team to be honest. Rumour has it that Frank Williams is a bit of an awkward chap to work for, but that doesn’t bother me.

He’s created a team that doesn’t pander to egos – remember Mansell in ‘92? – and is entirely focused on simply getting the job done.

I like the way it’s still independent after all these years, and that it harks back to the days of F1 when marketing and PR didn’t play such an integral part.

Maybe that’s the key.

Williams’ success reminds me of when I first got into F1, when Nigel Mansell was an absolute hero of mine, when things were entirely black and white and there seemed to be an incredible honesty to the F1 circus.

Of course that’s all rose-tinted viewing, but it’s what I remember. Williams doing well again would bring a bit of that nostalgia back.

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Williams used to be a seriously dominant force and were almost like a Works team, it’s hard to remember that they are actually just a “privateer” team and yet for many years they have been well ahead of the factory teams of Jaguar Honda and Toyota to name but a few. It just doesn’t seem to be working for them at the moment.

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I am with you on this one. For me Williams is a bit like Ferrari in F1 and I can’t imagine the sport without any of this teams.
They stuck arround to race. They were one of the firs teams to cut their wages when things started going downhill. No talks of exit ever.
They are not there to create image for products.
They did not do to well in big-spending years but as soon as they were given level playing field they back on top… at least every friday.
If they manage to win race this season it would be a cherry on top of already tasty cake.
Before I conciously started following F1 I knew that F1 is Williams, Ferrari and McLaren. Love them or hate them we need them all.

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Fist comment hopefully!!!

It’d be good to see Williams win a GP, but not to dominate a season. They lack the likeability of most other teams, I personally see them as a successful Force India.

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I’d like Williams to win sometime too but I can’t see it. Rosberg is quick but can’t race and the less said about Nakajima the better. If only we could get a British driver in the car, that would be something worth rooting for.

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Might do, but Williams are always very good in practice, generally because they run a lighter fuel load. Then, in qualifying, they tend to fuel their drivers heavy, and it never seems to work.

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It’s a bit like honesty is being enforced these days in F1, which isn’t really the same. Mind you, sometimes it’s had to be…

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i dont think willams will win unless nakajima pulls his finger out

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last time Williams really had succes was when they had Renault engines and Villeneuve/Hill as pilots !! I’d like to see them back on top someday !!

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well …. they gotta show some potential …. they have been independent but with no success …. but i support the Williams … there’s nothing like when the underdogs beat the big players..

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agree

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Well, notalgia yes, but remember ’81 Las Vegas. He chose not to win the drivers championship than help his own driver, who dared to win instead of letting Jones pass in Brazil. Reutemann needed to be 5th to clinch the championchip but the car was good on Saturday and a complete crap on Sunday. Piquet with Brabhams won. It was his decision.

Also, what about the tendency to fire the champions (Mansell, Hill)… in the 90’s.

On the positive side, he had excelent cars, and he was great looking for new sponsors where nobody else did.

But I must say no, not my favorite boss, and latelly the drivers choice is quite odd.

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Like i said. Williams Toyota FTW

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totally agree plus it would be nice for Frank to see his cars win again he deservers it

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It would be cool to see Nico win one for Williams but the thing is, Williams never seem to get it together during the race to capitalize on the pace they show in the practice sessions.

I wonder why that is?

So, if they’re (Williams) going to do anything, now is the time to do it because with everyone playing catch-up to reel in the Brawns and Red Bulls, Williams may miss their chance to do something while the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, BMW and Renault start to find some solid footing to a tumbling start.

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I love it when small independant teams like Williams succeed (maybe i’m a sucker for the underdogs!). They seem to thrive on pressure – when all the car manufacurer teams with HUGE budgets are losing their heads – they have bucket-loads of tenacity, having survived by the skin of their teeth on countless occasions and hopefully will continue to survive in these difficult financial times.

Driver-wise: Rosberg is a very talented and intelligent driver – definitely in the top 5 in my honest opinion and I think Nakajima, despite his many detractors, actually has some real potential if he irons out a few bumps. I just hope Williams can finally convert their excellant practice form into race-winning form after years in the wilderness. Good luck!

Finally, I too started watching F1 when ‘our Nige’ was Britain’s racing hero and seeing him FINALLY win the F1 crown in a Williams after years of getting so close (Mansell in a Ferrari was red-hot) was glorious. Rose-tinted specs maybe but I wouldn’t trade those Senna,Mansell & Prost memories for anything since. :) RIP Senna & Ratzenberger – 15 years gone so fast.

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i second that..

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