I'm guessing it'll all come out in the wash... but I think whoever suggested Williams deal with merc supplying them the latest engine upgrades is probably on the mark.
Considering the Williams chassis this season doesn't seem to be running as many high down force bits and pieces as other teams I can only assume engine performance is responsible for the jump in time relative to the rest of the mid field.
It's not like we can see everything they have done. They may have changed quite a few things that are very hard for us to detect in the pictures. I don't think it will just be the engine boost that is making them better than we expected.
Yeah you are correct, We can't see everything they've done. I like your optimism.
I said on another thread when the car was launched that the 2017 Williams looked clean and sleek. All most as if they had gone back to basics with their 2014/2015 design philosophy of low drag "slippery" cars. Last year they stated they were working on developing their low/mid speed down force and it didn't really work for them.
But it looks to me with this car (and Im probably wrong) that Williams went back a looked at what they could do well and really built on it.
However I can't discount the engine performance for Bottas theory to me it makes sense.
But like I said it'll all come out in the wash.
In the end its kinda irrelevant... as long as they perform well I'll be happy.
Another thing we all can be hopeful about is for their brilliant pit stop performance to continue. They either tied or beat the fastest pit stop time by Red Bull last season. It was on Massa and it looked so impressive. They had by far the most fastest pit stops last year. Lets hope they continue. Maybe I'm being a bit optimistic here, but if Stroll's performance turns out to be better then we expected and Massa has a decent season too, I think Williams could well manage 4th in the constructors championship. Their pace looked very strong in testing. I hope there will be several races where the car will be pretty much the 2nd best out there. That is if there is a team that is clearly the most dominant.
It seems to be the case at several circuits over the past few years especially, some suit the Williams car really well and they can take advantage of their low drag set up. This really seems to help them at circuits like Russia, Silverstone, Mexico, Canada and several others. I'm wanting Williams to give us another really exciting start like they did in Silverstone 2015. I think that was the most exciting start to a race out of any in the last 2 seasons. If, Williams do turn out to be very strong, I really hope Massa will manage a podium or 2. Maybe even a win if he gets lucky!