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2018 Williams was really that bad

By Andrew Hooper
December 26 2018

 2018 Williams was really that bad
Claire Williams

For the Williams team the 2018 Formula One season was marred by a 2018 car that simply failed to perform. Such was the inherent issues with the FW41 that even Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams felt that even if the team had tripled its budget and directed more funding to sorting out the issues they would not have been able to improve the car.

In an interview for Motorsport.com Claire spoke of the issues with the 2018 car.

Claire said: “I think the problems were related to the global car, if you like – we’ve had issues front to back.”

“So to try and make changes to bring performance to a car that was like that was always going to be difficult.

“We tried and we tried hard. It wasn’t through a lack of hard work, energy, motivation, I suppose it was just the flaws were too fundamental to rectify halfway through a season.

“I think even regardless of the amount of budget we could have thrown at it – we threw a lot of budget at it, even if we had tripled it I’m not convinced we would have changed its course.”

As the Williams team Claire also spoke of her belief that the issues wqith the FW41 had been identified but was still careful in making predictions about what improvement to expect from the 2019 FW42.

Claire added: “Changes are always a good thing, it resets a balance, but I think in order to make a significant difference you need those changes to bed in for a while.

“As I’ve said repeatedly you don’t go from P5 to P10 without quite a few things that have gone wrong in your organisation and we are in the slow process of resolving all of those issues.

“We have 650 people in our team but I think we are still resource limited when it comes to people to fix the mass of problems that we have. We can’t tackle everything all in one go.

“So we therefore have to temper those expectations as to what we can achieve in 2019 based on the resources we have to fix everything.”


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