Date: 26th November 2014 at 8:26am
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Whilst Mercedes AMG might have dominated the 2014 Formula One World Championship, the story of the season arguably was at Williams.

The Williams team are a hugely popular team in Formula One, but recently they have struggled against the bigger richer teams in the form of Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and McLaren.

Since 1977 the team have entered 630 Grand Prix, have won 9 constructors championship and 7 drivers titles.

Williams have won 114 times, but only once in ten years and that as Pastor Maldonado’s freak result in Spain in 2012.

Over the past decade Williams have struggled, in 2006 they finished 8th in the constructors championship with a record of 21 retirements in an 18 race season.

In 2011 and 2013 that infamous record was broken by finishing 9th in the constructors championship.

But after years of under performing with BMW, Cosworth, Toyota and Renault, this year they switched to Mercedes and everything came together for the team.

They might not have scored a race victory, but between Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas Williams scored nine podium finishes and in Abu Dhabi it was the first time in nine years that two Williams drivers stood on the podium together.

Williams finished third in the constructors championship behind Mercedes and Red Bull Racing, but ahead of Ferrari and McLaren.

After the race in Abu Dhabi Felipe Massa told Sky Sports: ‘It’s been such a difficult time for so long and we are still there, we had an opportunity to fight for the victory and that is what makes me proud, makes me happy and makes me even more motivated to carry on and push hard every day.’

Whilst Bottas added: ‘Like Felipe said, an amazing end to the season and from last season it has been just incredible how much we have improved as a team.

‘It really shows how much we have also been improving during the season which is the main thing as next year things are going to be very tricky.

‘All I can say now is I am happy to be part of this team and there is definitely more to come.’

 

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