The 2019 Formula 1 season is one most people connected to the Williams Formula 1 team will be keen to consign to the history books, but we’re not completely done with it quite yet according to Claire Williams, daughter of founder Sir Frank Williams and current Deputy Team Principal of ROKiT Williams Racing. who says 2019 and 2020 are being viewed as ‘one long campaign’ by her team.
A stuttering start to the season saw Williams on the back foot and comfortably at the foot of the time sheets, where they’d remain for the entirety of the campaign, ending with an unenviable record of being the team’s worst ever championship position.
And so it was with some delight that the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi came and went, as we looked forward to 2020 and a reinvigorated Williams attacking the forthcoming season with a renewed energy and some significant performance gains.
However, Claire Williams believes that, for Williams, the 2020 season is likely to be more of a part 2 of the 2019 season than the complete reboot we were hoping for.
Speaking about the extra resource teams are having to dedicate to their all-new-for-2021 cars ahead of the implementation of what amounts to a new formula in 2021 in parallel with the rigours of a full campaign in 2020, Claire said:
“I think everyone in the pit lane is going to have a challenge on their hands.”
“We’ve got to continue to bring upgrades to the car over the course of this season, which we’ve been doing, and really we’re looking at 2019 and 2020 as one long campaign.”
“I think everyone in the pit lane is going to have a challenge on their hands. I think it will be slightly easier for the top three teams with bigger budgets.”
So we might need to wait until the year after next until we see any green shoots of recovery at Williams.
But I think we all knew that already, didn’t we?