WilliamsF1 wrote:Next year anyway she is going to be outside the top 4 with or without the relaxation of engine freeze. They are also going to be beaten by lotus and force india using the merc engine.
I completely disagree with you.
Williams may well be yet to peak, only the first season with Pat Symonds and the Merc engine plus having a bigger budget for next year. Meanwhile Lotus has lost the key personnel responsible for its successes in 2012-13 and only slides further down the field as the year goes on. Lotus limps into 2015 facing further budget/staff cuts and with its lead driver desperately trying to bail out. Force India this season is the same as Force India every year since 2009. At some point in the year they will take a podium or two, the rest of the season is spent scrapping in the lower points positions. I don't see this changing in 2015.
Williams looks to be the strongest Merc customer next year.
Teams (and drivers) have been jealously defended every advantage and trying to disallow competitors gains (unless they can be copied to advantage) going back 30-40 years at least. Just look at ground effect, fan cars, 6 wheelers, turbo vs NA at the end of the 80s, active suspension, Prost getting a contract that let him veto taking on Senna in equal machinery, etc, etc.
From what I understand Ferrari and Renault are planning a substantial change in engine architecture over the winter, and then want to be able to adjust/fine-tune these changes for the summer onwards. Meanwhile Merc is only updating its current and very successful engine layout, so they expect their engine to work well right from the season start and would not benefit as much from mid-season changes.