The Williams F1 team is clearly struggling. The one thing that Williams would desperately need, at this point in time, is some clarity. But the question is- who can give it, if at all? From the four races scored thus far, the team comprising of debutant British driver George Russell and the experienced albeit returning Pole Robert Kubica, the team has failed to collect a point.
And it also remains doubtful if Williams will indeed open their account in the coming few races. Yet, despite all the struggles, the financial problems, the engineering discrepancies and all that, Claire Williams, the woman in charge of running and administering her father Frank Williams’ team refuses to sell off the racing marquee.
Why’s that and what is happening to Williams currently?
Well, it turns out that just a few days back, there was huge speculation that Dmitry Mazepin, a billionaire based in Europe was indeed, interested in buying the F1 team. Yet, these turned out to be speculations and vile rumors, as seen at the end of the day. So what does this mean then?
Claire Williams reportedly shared that she has no interest whatsoever in leaving the team in this sort of situation and selling it off.
The decision may actually seem like a statement of intent by Claire Williams. And at this point in time, it may also bring about polarising views from the followers and observers of F1.
This is for the simple reason that regardless of whether who says what, the team, even though operates on smaller budgets- something like the erstwhile Lotus-Renault of the pre-Turbo-era of F1- the side does need financial support.
So what did Claire Williams have to share about the developing story?
“I saw those stories; I paid little attention to them,” she said. “I haven’t met Mr Mazepin to talk about that. We had a brief conversation in the mid-part of last year, but subsequent to that there have been no conversations.
“I’d just like to be really categorical about it: Williams is not for sale. I have no intention of putting Williams up for sale. I don’t see why we would.
“I think certainly in times like this, that the team is going through at the moment, these rumors always come up, but with a business head on, when you’re team isn’t doing well selling at this juncture wouldn’t be the right time to do so. I think you would only investigate that opportunity if you are doing well. That’s the right time to sell.”
Could it be that Claire Williams is, in fact, wanting to explore various measures of reviving the team? And that leaving her side midway like this by simply passing it over to another non-F1 entity isn’t her thing. In anyways, it appears that the Windsor-born F1 personality’s move should be lauded for the sheer courage it exudes.