“We Can Achieve at Least the Same as McLaren”: Williams F1

Published 03/08/2021, 1:32 AM EST
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 05: Jack Aitken of Great Britain driving the Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)


Williams F1 have not had the best few years in their team’s history, often sticking to the back of the grid in the races. For an outfit that used to podiums and wins, these past seasons have come as an absolute shock to everyone in Formula 1.

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But under new ownership and a fresh approach awaiting in 2022 with the regulations, Williams want to rise up. Newly appointed CEO Jost Capito believes that is very much possible and references McLaren’s progress as a clear example.

Capito stated, “What my goals are? They are very clear.” (translated via Google Translate)

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“In the short term we have to fight hard on the track and try to get the most out of every opportunity. But looking at the slightly longer term, we want Williams to win races again.”

McLaren has made commendable progress: Capito

“McLaren has done a fantastic job over the years.

“My idea about this is clear: there is no reason whatsoever why we should not be able to do the same. We have all the ingredients to do exactly the same.”

McLaren also struggled to produce the results they were so acquainted with in the late 1980s up until the 2000s. But their resurgence has been marked with a P3 finish in the 2020 F1 season, with lots of promise for the future.

“It is very difficult to put a time stamp of two, three or four years on it, but I am convinced that we can achieve at least the same as McLaren,” concluded Capito.

Williams F1 would eventually want to restore their glory days

For a team that was used to winning title after title, this time period gives everyone at Williams the ability to learn, reflect and change. In the short term, their goal would be to finish ahead of their nearest rivals Haas and Alfa Romeo with decent results.

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Hamad Mohammed – Pool/Getty Images)

But in the longer term, Capito, in collaboration with the team management, would want to devise a plan to achieving success. With the technical rules around the corner, Williams have the perfect opportunity to regroup and come up with a much better car next year.

Therefore, every F1 enthusiast would be keen to see whether the newer changes in the team will translate into any progress at all. Knowing the spirit of the Williams team from the past, giving up without a fight has never been an option for them.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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