‘No Miracles are to Be Expected’- Williams CEO Warns Fans to Keep Expectations Low for 2021

Published 01/15/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Williams’ Nicholas Latifi before the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


The year 2020 saw sweeping changes take place at Williams F1. In September, the F1 world was left astonished when the Williams family left the sport, choosing to sell their team to Dorilton Capital.

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Subsequently, Simon Roberts was announced as the acting Team Principal. And finally, in December, the Grove-based outfit named Jost Capito as its new CEO.

Nevertheless, their standing on the racetrack didn’t improve. They ended the campaign with 0 points to their name. This was despite the FW43 being an upgrade on its predecessor. However, any hope of massive improvement this year has been put on ice by the new CEO.

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Capito was realistic with his expectations going into the new season, especially since the regulations don’t permit wholesale changes to the 2020 car.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Williams’ George Russell the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Capito said (translated via Google), “With the new beginning, also with the new owners, you now have the opportunity to restructure and once again to slim down.

“This is important now, because less than zero points are possible not! It can only be better. No matter what changes you make: it always goes down first. 

“And then it has to go up. That means for this year that no miracles are to be expected, because you can only change very little on the car.”

Williams’ CEO happy that the new regulations were pushed back to 2022

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Williams’ Jack Aitken in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Due to the pandemic, F1 took the decision to postpone the new regulations for a further season. One of the biggest changes this regulation would have brought about is in the aero design department of the car.

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This is supposed to give fans a much more competitive strain of racing. Capito believes F1 took the right call to not switch to the new regulations this year.

He said, “The small teams would have fallen even further [without Freeze] because the large teams and the works teams can deal with Corona much better than a smaller team. That means the gap would actually have become even bigger. I think you shouldn’t complain now.”

For 2021, Williams would yet again be competing for the wooden spoon. However, they’ll hope for some better luck this year.

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They had a couple of really good chances to score a point last year. But inexplicable rotten luck plagued them. Can they finally break their points drought in 2021? We’ll find out once the season begins in March.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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