Well, if a recent interview given by Williams F1 Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams is anything to go by then it certainly looks that way.
Williams’ struggles with their FW42 have been well documented, and have seen the team languishing at the foot of the time sheets in pretty much every meaningful session this season, and a resounding zero points on the board approaching the mid-point of the 2019 season.
However, Williams fans may be about to see an improvement in performance of their two cars, after Claire Williams announced that the team have now remedied the mechanical issues that contributed to the team’s poor showings, and are about to make big strides with the other contributing factor, and Williams’ regular bête noire – aero.
“There have been some mechanical issues again which I think people are fully aware of that we are working hard to resolve. The majority of which we have resolved.” Claire told racefans.net
“We’re down on downforce and we need to do more work to achieve that. We went through a huge change in aero last year, bringing in a new chief aerodynamicist in Doug McKiernan who brought in a new philosophy to how we go about bringing aero performance to the car.”
“Everyone is working hard at Williams and I finally feel that we are starting to see some green shoots of progress.”
While ‘green shoots of progress’ is unlikely to mean points next time out at Hockenheim, any improvement in performance is likely to take Williams’ two drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica into Haas territory at least, and it would be incredibly encouraging to see the two Grove cars fighting with someone else on track, rather than a couple of laps hanging on to their coat tails for a dozen or so laps before dropping back to their customary 19th and 20th position, waiting for people to drop out in order to gain a couple of places.