Williams revival proving to be a big hit in the Formula 1 world 7 March, 2014 If Williams is a force in 2014, almost the entire paddock will celebrate the return of an Formula 1 great. The newly Mercedes-powered team, having once dominated the sport but not won a title since 1997, has looked a dark horse contender for 2014 during pre-season testing. Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, now wearing the iconic Martini stripes of Williams’ new title sponsor, set the fastest time during eight days of testing in Bahrain. “Nobody has a bad word to say about Felipe or Williams,” former team driver David Coulthard told the Daily Mail. “It’s great for Formula 1,” he said. “Massa is a very popular driver across the world, and Frank Williams has formed a popular team.” Mark Webber was lured to Williams in 2005 off the back of its “deep roots”, but his two-year tenure was at the start of the slump. The Australian, who recently left Formula to go sports prototype racing, said that he would be delighted if Williams’ pre-season form was replicated at the grands prix this year. “It would be brilliant for them to be reliable and strong,” he told the Telegraph. “It would be good, really good, for Frank and everyone, they’ve been through a tough time but they are a good team,” added Webber. Some of Formula 1’s big hitters, notably Red Bull, are not happy that the regulations have changed so greatly. Williams, however, is thrilled. “Regulation changes of this magnitude often disrupt the order and create opportunities for teams to make a leap forward,” Sir Frank Williams said on Thursday as the new Martini-livery was unveiled in London, according to La Presse. But his daughter Claire, the deputy team boss, is not expecting world champions Red Bull to be down for long. “I would be gobsmacked if Red Bull did not catch up,” she is quoted by the BBC. “We go to Australia in a good position but we really have to take advantage of the first few races,” Claire Williams added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsThe difference a year makes for Lotus and WilliamsWilliams: Next year is about taking the fight to MercedesDennis: You can rebuild a marriage, making it stronger than beforeKing Juan Carlos: Fernando told me he is going to join McLarenUSA driver not essential for Haas F1 TeamLauda denies Hamilton interest in Ferrari driveSymonds says Alonso would not be right for WilliamsHamilton to ditch Fuller and handle own affairsAndretti advises Vettel to take Newey to FerrariSusie Wolff to extend Williams deal beyond 2014 lulu great to see a competitive Williams car back again. My favourite is the FW14.