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By Andrew Hooper
December 19 2018

Coming off an extremely difficult 2018 Formula One season the Williams team has been working on turning their fortunes around with the most notable been the signing of Robert Kubica and George Russell to head their driver line-up in 2019. The person, who most of the challenge of ensuring an improved 2019, is Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe and in recent interviews he has made it clear that he feels that the team has already turned around their fortunes.

 
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Coming off an extremely difficult 2018 Formula One season the Williams team has been working on turning their fortunes around with the most notable been the signing of Robert Kubica and George Russell to head their driver line-up in 2019.

The person who most of the challenge of ensuring an improved 2019 is Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe and in recent interviews he has made it clear that he feels that the team has already turned around their fortunes.

Lowe spoke of 2018 as well as his confidence that the team has identified those areas which needed addressing and his view that the team is putting in the necessary solutions to ensure an improved 2019.

Lowe said: “2018 was an extremely difficult year for Williams.”

“But the good thing is people have recognised the problems and are working hard on them.

“I’m not going to make pinpoint predictions and say we will improve in the World Championship.

“But I know we will be better. We have already completed the turnaround.”

“Things are changing at Williams but these things take time,” Lowe added.

“First of all, you need changes in the technical department, that’s the only way you can build a better car.

“There are a hundred reasons [for 2018’s poor performance] – in the race car, in the way we design and develop the car. And that’s the point, there is no panacea.

“We are working on all of them.”

“You need changes in the organisation, but these do not take effect immediately,” he continued.

“We are the third oldest team in Formula 1 and some employees have been with us for many, many years.

“Sometimes you need a little fresh blood. We have to make sure that we have the skilled workers with the right knowledge to plot a new approach.

“We are currently on this journey.”

Even though he has had to deal with the issues that have affected the Williams team Lowe is of the view that these issues started sometime ago.

“Our last victory was back in 2012 with Pastor Maldonado in Spain and the last victory before that was in 2004. That was a long time ago,” he said.

“My conclusion: our performance has been poor for years.”

“We have experienced and loyal people, we have a great racing car factory, we own our own the land and all the buildings, which is not the case with all racing teams,” he said.

“We have a first-class wind tunnel. All the ingredients are there, now it’s all about how we use them.”

 

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