Former Williams chairman Adam Parr is confident that the team can turn its form around and begin to pick up points in 2013.
Williams has failed to score so far this season, with Marussia and Caterham the only other teams on zero points. However, Parr is sure that the Spanish Grand Prix will be a turning point in the team’s season.
“I know they’ve got the ability to get on top of these problems,” Parr explained to Sky Sports. “They did a great job with a great car last year. This year’s car is only an evolution. Maybe they’re trying to be too complicated?”
Pastor Maldonado claimed his first win at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, and it marked Williams’ first victory in over seven years, so the track holds happy memories for the team. Parr believes that Maldonado and teammate Valtteri Bottas will be able to produce a solid result in Spain.
“I’m completely confident that Barcelona will see them take a step forward and if you look at how the boys raced in Bahrain.
“Of course they weren’t in the headlines, but 11th and 14th – they made up positions and had a solid race. If they do that in a slightly better car, they’ll start building up points.”
As the European season gets underway, many of the teams will be applying upgrades to their cars in an attempt to move up the order. For Williams, it is crucial that its form is turned around if they are to relive the dizzying heights of Maldonado’s 2012 victory.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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