miguelalvesreis wrote: Blackout wrote:
GitanesBlondes wrote: What made 2012 different?
The Renault engine (one of the reasons) which helped them improve the car in many areas.
But what makes 2013 different?
+ exhaust, + no senna [i'm not talking about his performance, rather his technical input - bottas has'nt had the experience and maldonado doesn't seem to be such a 'technical' character. bruno having his experience with that awful HRT which only could do with setups to improve surely would have made an addition] + loss of barrichello [key factor in the technical demise, barrichello is a very good driver, very great personality, and good communicative skills packed with the most experience + valuable technical expertise].
I say it's the pack of things that send Williams to the back of the classroom. Time and time again changing just too many elements. They lost the toyota engine, went to cosworth = disapoint. Cosworth > Renault = better, yet seem to lack understanding of a potentially good car [maldonado win]. Loss of Rosberg [great driver], dumping Barrichello.
Budget shrinking critically due to loss of points and increasing costs. Less involvement of Sir F.Williams over the years.
Having the wrong people at play [Toto Wolff surely did have a good impact on the team, yet, I can only see Toto as a selfish guy that wants what he wants. Without delving in whether bottas is a good driver or not, Bottas should not have gotten into that team [yet] because it's not the wise thing to do for the team. Bottas there is Toto's desicion, and having that female test/reserve driver [which is Toto's b*tch] does not bring anything to the team either]. Senna got a seat, and imho, even though Bruno isn't near the level of his uncle [though we might have thought differently if he had that Brawn seat in 09 and homed in a win in his debut season], it was very unfair to take away friday practice and dump him after just 1 year. Maldonado brought in the money williams needed to survive, yet, it did not bring them to the midfield or the front, rather left them cold in the back.
They did some innovative designs on the gearbox, but seemed to lack functionability for the package [aerowise]. Again, I think this is due to lack of technical expertise. Maldonado crashed the car too many times which essentially gets them to lose valuable points. Bottas as a rookie did'nt do much, either.
Williams today seems to show an atmosphere of 'disatisfaction' and 'unpleased' personnel, and that is deadly for results.
I don't know where williams will go from here, but since BMW left williams, it's been going spiralling downwards ever since.
I really hope they'll get their act together with the new era and the addition of Mercedes' engines, but I wonder if Williams is simply gone glory and perhaps it's time to just slowly fade away out of F1 and another team/name to take over the entire team and build up a new team. Perhaps Prodrive, AstonMartin, i dunno. I just feel like Williams' days are over.
I hope i'm proved wrong.