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Posted by: shriekback
Date: 22/03/2019 01:51
Martin Brundle had this couple of paragraphs to say about Williams in Australia. The second paragraph struck me as a little strange - I’m not sure quite what he means, but he knows F1 just about as well as anyone.
β€œGeorge Russell is doing all he can for Williams. He's a smart kid who networks the paddock well. And if he can outperform the car and his team-mate Robert Kubica he can survive a year in the slowest car with his reputation intact.

Somehow soon F1 and the teams are going to have to wade in and help Williams out of the mire they appear to have navigated themselves into. If they are not already doing so.”

Yes, it is not clear what the rest of the field could do to help, save perhaps letting some good people with needed expertise leave to go to Williams without requiring the usual gardening leave. As much as it is in the interest of the sport in general that Williams survive as a competitive team (or just survive as a team, full stop), the competitive nature of the endeavor would seem to work against anyone letting any of their most valuable people go. They may not fear giving up much in any competition with Williams directly, at least not anytime soon. Everything and everyone counts, however, in their efforts to compete with all the other teams.

Perhaps if Williams worked out some cooperative relationship with Mercedes, the latter might provide some valuable technical assistance. I just can't see Williams doing that, however. Maybe if its a matter literally of impending collapse, that could change, with the idea that it would be a temporary solution to get them back into a position where they could at least aspire to becoming fully independent again in the future. Such a transition would, it must be said, be a lot easier one way (becoming a client team) than the other (reclaiming independence).

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