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Unremarkable Mexican Grand Prix for Williams

October 29, 2018

The Mexican Grand Prix.

Again two cars home in good condition, which is a positive for the team.” – Paddy Lowe

The way we managed the final stint doing 58 laps on the prime tyres was absolutely mega.” – Sergey Sirotkin

Not the tub-thumping, heart-rate increasing, passionate, William Wallace-like soundbites us fans want to hear from the great Williams Team after a Grand Prix, but we’ll file them under the heading ‘taking positives from a fairly disappointing weekend at the end of a long and painful season’.

Starting 17th and 19th, Lance and Sergey each made decent starts, Lance reaching the dizzying heights of 13th before settling into the rhythm of a two stop strategy, tyre degradation scuppering his original 1-stop plan.

Sergey made the 1-stop work with a long stint on the prime tyre (lap 11 to the finish!), eventually finishing one place and just under a second behind his team-mate, the pair coming home 12th and 13th.

I think it’s safe to assume that there’s little to be gained by continuing to develop a difficult car this late in the season, and that the major update package brought to Monza was Williams’ last throw of the dice in trying to get the better of the Williams FW41‘s maladies.

That didn’t work and so the team are simply seeing the season out before they can start afresh in 2019, where fans the world over are expecting much better!


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