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.