The Williams F1 team has fallen so far from grace that it would be hard to believe that they used to be a championship-winning team. Admittedly, the 2019 season has to be the Grove-based team’s worst season till date, as they almost went point-less.
To that end, deputy team principal Claire Williams thinks that the hard knock that they received that year was needed to hit rock bottom. However, she acknowledged that their nightmare season must never happen again, and truer words were never spoken.
As mentioned before, Williams F1 almost finished the season without any points, but a lucky 10th place for Robert Kubica was the team’s saving grace. Despite it seeming like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, Claire Williams is opting to remain positive that it will all fall into place in the long run.
“You’ve got to sometimes hit rock bottom to know what your issues are because otherwise you just… sometimes you just go through these situations and you can get to where you need to get to by the skin of your teeth,” she told Autosport.com
The seeds of their poor 2019 season were already sown when they missed out on a huge portion of the pre-season testing in Barcelona. Interestingly, Williams chose to look on the bright side and praised her staff for their response to the crisis. She mentioned that the team adapted to the process quickly.
This in turn allowed Williams F1 to put forward a number of plans in order to address the areas of weakness that were causing the issues in the first place. With 2019 out of the way, 2020 will be a crucial season for Claire Williams, as it is imperative that the team improve and quickly. For the coming season, the team retained George Russell and recruited Nicholas Latifi to run alongside the British driver.