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  Friday, 5 July, 2002, 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK
Williams 'disappointed' with performance
Williams technical director Patrick Head
Head: Williams must make aerodynamics progress
BBC Sport Online's Andrew Benson

Williams have admitted they have fallen short of their expectations for this season - and that the reason is the excellence of Ferrari's car.

Williams technical director Patrick Head said the world champions have moved the goalposts much further than expected this year.

"Ferrari have produced an outstanding car and Bridgestone are doing a good job working with Ferrari and the stakes are a lot higher," Head told BBC Radio Five Live and Sport Online.

Ralf Schumacher drives his Williams at the Monaco Grand Prix
Williams have not emerged as championship contenders

"This Ferrari is a hell of a lot more difficult to beat than last year's Ferrari."

Head said one of the reasons for Williams' disappointment this year was that they still have not made progress on aerodynamics compared to the best team.

Williams had lacked performance compared to the best rival car in this most crucial area of F1 performance since 1998, he conceded.

He said he had been disappointed with the role of former chief aerodynamicist Geoff Willis, who has now joined British American Racing.

"I'd certainly say that is the case. We for some time were encouraging Geoff Willis to increase the size and capability of his group but it didn't really happen significantly.

"Since Geoff's departure we have significantly strengthened the group and increased the amount of time the wind tunnel runs and the number of people we have in that department.

"But as with all these things it usually takes a bit of time before the results start coming through."

Along with the Williams car's heavy use of its rear tyres, this is one of the main reasons why the team has not been able to keep pace with Ferrari in a year they hoped to challenge for the title.

Head said: "We haven't been shy of saying that our intention was to be a genuine championship contender this year and we haven't achieved that.

Happy with drivers

"But there is no point at which you give up and equally even at the point where it becomes theoretically impossible to win a championship, you still have every reason to want to get the best results for the season.

"If you say: 'Ah well we're not going to develop this car anymore,' then you actually don't trigger the things that help you know how to make a better car the following year.

"Even if it becomes mathematically impossible to win either championship, then we would still be trying very hard to win each one of the following races."

Williams have won just one race this season and trail a long way behind Ferrari in both the drivers' and constructors' championships.

Head said he had been happy with the performance of drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya.

"At the races and on the track at races they have done an excellent job and they have both tried very hard to get the best out of their cars and worked very well with their race engineers."

He added that they could both work harder away from the races to understand the technical side of the car.

Williams are expected to stick with both men next year - but Head refused to comment on the team's 2003 driver line-up.

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