Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams has told GPToday that her team aren’t defined by the last couple of seasons – a particularly tough 24 months for the Grove outfit more used to being up at the sharp end of the grid than their current form would suggest.
Williams’ haul of just seven points in 2018 with the much-maligned FW41 set a new record low points haul for Williams in their 40-odd years in the sport, but worse was to come in 2019 when they registered a single point in a season beset with problems where its two drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica simply did not have the equipment to compete with those around them.
However, Williams are confident that their current standing of tenth best out of ten is an anomaly, and it will prove to be a mere blip in their illustrious Grand Prix career, but also conceding that it’s likely to take time to steady the ship.
“We have had two difficult years, but two difficult years doesn’t define a team” Claire Williams said of her team’s current woes.
“What I have seen in this team this year is an extraordinary amount of resilience and tenacity [and] a willingness to put in the hard work in order to turn things around. I’ve always said that work is never going to be the work of a moment. It’s going to take time.”
“We have undergone considerable transformation in the team in the last 14 months, and we are seeing the dividends of that work starting to pay off now.”
Claire acknowledges that Williams must make progress imminently if they are to avoid being ‘defined’ by their current slump ahead of the bright new dawn promised for 2021.
The team’s finances are already beginning to take a hit as a consequence of their meagre points haul since the outset of 2018, and the only way this can be remedied is by being more competitive on-track.
“We have to get it right next year. I believe the FW43 chassis will be an improvement on this years.”