Where Is Williams Headed To?

Senthilkumar RajappanCorrespondent IApril 7, 2009

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12:  Kazuki Nakajima of Japan and team Williams in action during Formula 1 testing on February 12, 2009 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Let me admit first hand, I have this soft corner for Williams and a big heart respect for Sir Frank, simply because they were the only truly independent Formula One team for the past few years without a manufacturer backing them. Now that seems under threat with Brawn GP making headlines after headlines.

When the Brawn GP within days of its formation made everyone sit-up topping the time sheets with Jenson Button and Barichello making it, people thought that it might be a bit accidental or just that race conditions will definitely be very different. And when the Australian GP started Nico Rosberg had the time of his life, posting faster time in every practice he went out. This was a revealing of sorts for all the teams that mattered most.

Not withstanding Nico's thoughts of looking for greener pastures, Australia might have done a world of feeling good for Nico and also made Sir Frank's job of cajoling him easier to sticking to Williams.

Add to this, the diffuser row you have a pot boiler, though both the times the Stewards have dismissed the contention of the competitors, this season is going to be truly an exceptional one given the fact that the independent teams are in the contention for the big prize.

My thought on Williams was inspired by the first corner at Malaysia where Nico was on full throttle and was leading the race for most of the time, when the rain played spoil sport and the tyre change made it impossible to regain lead. It might be that we have a season full of great surprises in store.

Nico Rosberg, is a good talent and his aspirations are genuine and justified to be on top, it matters most when one of your mates from GP2 is making headlines and has won the World Championship, there is of course bound to be this sheer peer pressure.

With the RBS the main sponsor in trouble and we need to look how the things will pan out in the days to come.

As for Brawn GP they have made the right noises with sheer performance and have made the big wigs really worry about the situation, and if they continue the performance which I believe they will, it will be a shot in arm for Williams too.

Hopefully Williams will be able to make head-ways with the more than equal racing happening this year. At Williams, their attitude is pretty optimistic.

I end with these lines from Sam Micheal who said this at the end of Australian GP. "Congratulations to Ross Brawn, Jenson and their team for an impressive result, we will try our best not to let them make a habit of it!"