On how the Williams team had its worst results ever in 2011, and it's budget is probably among those in the lower half of the grid, and certainly it's not among the top teams. But on the track this season, Williams is often at the top of the grid and the team won the Spanish Grand Prix. On whether there are jealous or suspicious reactions from the top teams:Our budget is pretty decent and certainly our facility is very good. What is really pleasing from our side is the change we have made from last year to this year and the evolution and performance of the whole team operation. Obviously it is very pleasing to be performing well but we need to be doing it on a regular basis. We had a very good result in Barcelona, we have had two disappointing results; I think what was more disappointing was the fact that we knew that we could have been better. And it's a whole team thing - the strategy, the setup, the management, the understanding, the analysis, it's all very important. It's a really interesting year because everybody on the team, including the drivers, have made quite a big impact.
On how in 2011 the Williams team - among others - was left behind by some of the top teams, specifically with the development of a system using the exhaust to increase aerodynamic grip on the rear of the car. That system was then banned. On how much of an advantage has it been this year for you, since they don't have to adjust to not having the so-called ''blown diffuser'':It was a mix of two things. One, from last year we were late to the party in terms of development aerodynamically, and this year we have much more flexibility, as well, with the power plant, with the Renault. And our understanding aerodynamically of the exhaust has grown a lot. But its impact is an order of magnitude less. So it is really just understanding what effort you need to put into that, against single-minded effort where you have got the development curve of doing standard development.
On how some teams are spending a lot on equipment to improve pit stops, and so what is Williams doing:For us, the pit stop development and improvement is very much work in progress. Our pit stops last year were not good. You could nearly rank the teams in terms of championship order with their pit stop performance. Ferrari have moved forward again this year. And we have spent a lot of time analyzing what we have been doing and what other people have been doing, changing the things which are easy to change quickly. But with pit stops you have to be careful. What you want is a very fast, but more importantly, a very consistent stop. It is very easy to introduce the lights-based system, but the chance of having a mess up are higher.
But we are also working with Michael Johnson and his company, working a lot with the guys in the pit stop crew, doing a lot of physical work, in the gym every week, and it's a night and day transformation. So pit stops are an area where we are putting in a lot of effort. From the crew, what you'll get is consistency; from some of the equipment, you will get improved time. But you must have a well-drilled crew. It's in the fitness, the bio-mechanics of what they are doing, that whatever they are doing they can do it quickly but they can also do it repetitively.