Williams: On the comeback trail

Williams: On the comeback trail

Sam Michael believes the sweeping new 2009 rule changes could be the opportunity Williams have been waiting for to regain their former glory. The team's technical chief spoke exclusively to Adam Cooper

This season marks 30 years since the Williams FW07 began winning races, and 40 years since Sir Frank first entered Piers Courage in a grand prix. Could 2009 prove to be another landmark in his team's history as they attempt to recapture their winning form?

The last victory came courtesy of Juan Pablo Montoya back in 2004, but since then the team that dominated the sport in the early 1990s have been relegated to midfield status. But the massive package of rules changes introduced for this season has forced everyone to start afresh, and given Williams – along with others who have struggled to close the gap to the top three teams – a chance to make a step forward.

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