Last year 3rd (320pts)
Williams finally emerged from the doldrums in 2014, and was frequently Mercedes’ closest challenger, although unlike Red Bull it failed to win a race, so it finished third in the standings.
There’s a sense that the Oxfordshire-based team has reached the limit of what can be achieved with its current resources, so while a step up to Mercedes’ level seems unlikely, it should still be able to give Ferrari and Red Bull a decent fight for a podium position at every round. In the cockpit, the rapid Valtteri Bottas will probably have the edge on veteran Felipe Massa once more.
Our verdict: Needs to take at least one race victory this season to consolidate last season’s progress – although considering the pace of the Mercedes, that’s a big ask.
Last year 4th (186pts)
Did you know? This is Bottas’ fifth year with Williams, after two years as test driver from 2011.
Last yr 7th (134pts)
Did you know? Massa supports Turkish football club Fenerbahce, formerly managed by Brazilian soccer legend Zico.