Motor racing-Revitalised Williams not settling for second place

domingo 6 de julio de 2014 14:15 GYT

By Keith Weir

SILVERSTONE, England, July 6 (Reuters) - Seeking to build on their revival as a force in Formula One, Williams said they were not content with a second place finish for Valtteri Bottas at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

It was a day of mixed emotions for the former champions who lost driver Felipe Massa on the first lap when he was caught up in the aftermath of a heavy crash involving Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and had to retire.

Bottas saved the day when he moved up through the field after starting in 14th place to finish as runner-up to Briton Lewis Hamilton, the best result of his career.

"The cup is half full," said Rob Smedley, head of vehicle performance at Williams.

"I'm hugely disappointed to have a car that quick and only have one of them finish," he told reporters.

Williams are fourth in the constructors championshhip, having already amassed 103 points following last year's miserable haul of just five all season.

They are now have their sights on third place, with just three points separating them from Ferrari.

Smedley, who joined Williams this season after previously working as Massa's race engineer at Ferrari, said that the team had more work to do to maintain their improvement.   Continuación...