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ecent years, ar­guably re­cent decades, have seen Wil­liams in se­ri­ous dan­ger of be­com­ing the team every­body likes. They have the re­spect of the pit­lane, a diehard fan­base and even sup­port­ers of other teams don’t have a bad word to say about them. It must be hor­ri­ble.

Why hor­ri­ble? Be­cause univer­sal fond­ness is re­served for those who don’t bother any­body. And that’s been Wil­liams’ lot for a long time. They haven’t done enough to excite the pas­sions. They’ve been mid­dle of the road: ev­ery­one’s sec­ond favourite team. The F1 equiv­a­lent of Ley­ton Ori­ent, fad­ing into senes­cence like Brab­ham, Tyrrell and Lo­tus be­fore them. Mer­ci­fully, in 2014, the rot has stopped.

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