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Williams: We have to get it right next year

  • Published on 10 Dec 2019 14:44
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  • By: Dieter Rencken & Fergal Walsh

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams says her team must "get it right" in 2020 following two difficult seasons.

In 2018 and 2019, the Grove squad ended the season at the bottom of the constructors' standings, with 2019 proving to be a more troublesome campaign.

One point finish befell the team throughout the year, as Robert Kubica was promoted into the top ten following penalties for both Alfa Romeo cars at the German Grand Prix.

Speaking about the last seasons, Williams insists that the tough years do not define the team, affirming her confidence in the squad's ability to return from the poor form.

"We have had two difficult years, but two difficult years doesn't define a team," Williams asserted. "What I have seen in this team this year is an extraordinary amount of resilience and tenacity.

"Also, 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. 

"We all have targets for next year, we're pleased and comfortable with those targets, we're aware of where we are at the moment. 

"But it's always a challenge for any team to meet the targets that they set. It's a challenge to get the cars ready for testing, but we have to get it right next year. I believe the FW43 chassis will be an improvement on this years. 

"That's what we're working on back at the factory at the moment, to make sure that it absolutely is. We have to give George and Nicholas a car that they can demonstrate their capabilities."

Latifi was one of many options for Williams

Williams confirmed ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that Nicholas Latifi would join the team, replacing Kubica who departed following the weekend.

Latifi was one of many drivers under consideration for the seat, according to Williams, who added that discussions were held with lots of drivers.

"As I said earlier in the year, and as a lot of teams are going to be doing, they're going to be talking to a handful of drivers and whittling it down," she said.

"Obviously Nicholas stepping up next year depended on his super licence, another reason was made only at this point was to enable him to do that."

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  • #FireClaire

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    • Dec 11 2019 - 08:31
  • Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

    #justsaying

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    • Dec 11 2019 - 14:53
    • Accurate for the current situation at Williams

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      • Dec 11 2019 - 23:41
    • "Doing the exact same... f*ing thing, over and over again... expecting...shit to change"

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      • Dec 12 2019 - 18:08
  • Sadtomato

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    One would have thought that they had to get it right in 2019 but they did not so it probably does not matter whether they get it right or not in 2020 either since they seen to have enough money to keep stumbing on. Anyway someone has to be last and as they seem OK with doing it the others don't have to!

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    • Dec 11 2019 - 22:00

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