Valtteri Bottas finished fifth in Australia. Williams Martini.
The first round of the season usually provides some answers about the pecking order of the forthcoming year and it was clear from the Australian Grand Prix that Williams’s pace in 2014 is genuine.
All too frequently during the past decade the team has flattered to deceive across pre-season testing and consequently assumed a midfield position, or worse, once the serious matters began.
That there was a sense of disappointment at the team departing Australia with 10 points – double the amount they scored in the whole of 2013 – tells you all you need to know about the competitiveness of the FW36.
The team was out of position...
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