Smedley tells Williams to capitalise on Spa chance

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Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley says the team needs to capitalise on a circuit which will suit its car at the Belgian Grand Prix.

While Williams has struggled on low speed tracks, the fast and flowing Spa-Francorchamps circuit should play to the FW37's strengths. With just two podiums to its name so far this season, Smedley has called on Williams to make sure it maximises the opportunity available to it this weekend.

"Returning from the summer break we are all refreshed and absolutely raring to go; the team spirit and motivation at Williams is tangible as we look forward to challenging for podium positions in the second part of the year," Smedley said.

"Spa should be a circuit that suits the FW37 and we therefore have to capitalise on this. The long straights twinned with the long sweeping corners in sector 2 are definitely characteristics where we’ve seen this year’s car perform really well.

"The weather is an important factor in Spa and we therefore have to be ready for all circumstances. We have been doing a lot of homework in this area recently and the team has made excellent inroads."

And Smedley admits he is one of many in F1 who regard the Belgian Grand Prix as one of the best on the calendar.

"Belgium is such a fantastic Grand Prix for the teams and the fans alike. It encapsulates the purity of Formula One very well, which is simply about the best cars in the world racing around the best circuits, and we are lucky to visit here each year."

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