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Williams targets Spain for recovery

ESPN Staff
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Williams is looking to the Spanish Grand Prix to get its season fully back on track according to technical director Mike Coughlan.

An encouraging pre-season testing campaign gave way to a poor start to the year as Williams found itself well off the pace in Australia and Malaysia. While the three-week break between the last race in Sepang and this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix has allowed the team to investigate its lack of performance, Coughlan admits it won't realistically make any notable gains until the start of the European season.

"After a difficult two races we've been back at the factory going through the data to try to understand where we need to improve," Coughlan said. "We feel we have a better understanding of where we are and the whole team has been working hard to improve our competitiveness going into the next few races. Ultimately we are looking at a significant upgrade for the Spanish Grand Prix.

"The ambient conditions in China will be kinder although the weather can be quite changeable. The cooler temperatures we expect are not only more favourable for the car but also for both the team and driver. The circuit is also usually quite hard on tyres, so that could prove another challenge."