Smedley instils 'no fear' attitude at Williams
Rob Smedley has told his Williams team that it should be approaching every grand prix weekend expecting to be competitive, not just select tracks.
At the Austrian Grand Prix Williams showed its potential with third- and fourth-placed finishes after locking out the front row of the grid in qualifying. The circuit appeared to suit the characteristics of the car, but Smedley said the team should not approach any of the races on the calendar with concerns the car might not be quick.
"I don't think there is anywhere we fear," he said. "We shouldn't be, as a team, going to places and fearing or being scared of circuits or circumstances. We have to go everywhere and be positive. Some places will suit us more than others, but we shouldn't be scared of anywhere."
Smedley said Williams still has some details to iron out in order to become a true frontrunner, drawing reference to Felipe Massa's first pit stop in Austria that saw him drop from first place to fourth.
"My message to everybody after the race is that when you are racing up at the sharp end it comes down to the little details. When you get the details wrong that's what happens, you go from first to fourth. That's not good enough and we can't be happy with that, but up and down the pit lane I'm sure there are lots of similar circumstances. But we will look at that as a team and look at what we can do better, and make sure we don't make the same mistakes twice."