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Formula 1 Data Analysis: Is Williams Improving Relative to Mercedes?

Williams received a lot of hype during winter testing for the 2014 Formula One season—and not all of it was due to the return of the Martini livery. With the best power unit in the field, an exciting driver pairing and new technical director Pat Symonds getting his first full season at the helm, the team looked poised for a renaissance (although I still picked them as my surprise flop in our season preview). Contrary to my prediction, though, Williams have gotten stronger as the season has progressed, culminating in three straight podium finishes for their young star, Valtteri Bottas. It is the team's most concentrated period of success since Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld scored three podiums at the 2005 Monaco and European Grands Pri...

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