Pat Symonds has admitted that Williams F1 has fallen behind a resurgent looking Ferrari F1 team in the pecking order after the team lost out to new Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel in the race to finish third at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last weekend.
The Grove based team was forced to start the race with only one car after the FIA medical team deemed Valtteri Bottas unfit for racing but Felipe Massa was not able to take his chances and finish as best of the rest in third position, despite starting the race from third place and lost out to Vettel.
Massa ran the early part of the race in the podium places and also made an early pit stop, which, in theory, should have helped him to maintain his position considering the fact that he had fresher tyres. Yet, such was the Ferrari F1’s pace over them that Vettel was able to overtake him from the pit, rejoining the race ahead of the Brazilian.
And Symonds said that Williams F1 has a lot of work to do because Ferrari F1 is quicker than them at the moment.
He also said that tactically, it was quite a difficult race and the team felt the way Vettel was right behind the team at all times, he must be pretty quick and they had to avid the undercut and as a result, went for an early stop and Vettel showed how quick he was in those two laps. (more…)