Claire Williams has been talking to Sky Sports and has expressed her frustration with their 4th place in the Constructors standings as it stands. Although long legacy doesn’t equate to a definite right to success, Claire Williams isn’t demanding constructor championships just yet, but she is after 3rd place overall.
Williams are unique in that they are the only team on the grid that solely operates as a race team. The Grove based outfit have been hugely successful in the past and have a long, rich history with Formula One (with some success with the Renault Laguna in the British Touring Car Championship too).
In their recent history, Williams have endured a few torrid campaigns. 2011 and 2013 stand out as low points, the team only scoring five points overall in each season, adrift of the midfield and in critical condition.
Then, a new partnership with Mercedes followed and the 2014 Williams FW36 delivered. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa dealt with the pressure of renewed pace and the team finished a surprising 3rd in the constructors. They were the exciting team of the season that year, the underdogs that neutrals cheered on at any chance to topple the dominant Mercedes and the flying Red Bull.
The sense around the outfit and talk around the paddock at the time was that Williams were on the brink of their long-awaited breakthrough in the modern era. The dominance they enjoyed in the 90’s, revived in the 21st century.
The 2015 season was a repeat with 3rd in the constructors again. But that was okay, their car was still solid and their drivers still consistent. But Williams have very high standards, and why shouldn’t they? This year has appeared to be a step-back so far, with the Red Bull and the Ferrari looking slightly stronger in the pack that chases Mercedes. They sit in 4th, and Claire Williams is motivating her team to not allow this season to be the start of a big slip backwards, into the jaws of the midfield. Force India are hungry this season, the gap diminishing as we head to Austria, a track that suits the power-centric Philosophy of the Williams.
Claire Williams told Sky Sports that,
“We cannot be satisfied with being in third or fourth in the championship, that’s not who we are as a team. We’re not here just to go racing because we love it, we’re here to go racing because we love to win.
we are a team that has been used to winning in the past and when we undertook our transformation process in 2013 we wanted to get the team back.” said Williams. “So of course being fourth in the championship is mediocre.It’s taken us a long time to get back to third and I think we’ve done an amazing job in just two short years to do that, but we have got a lot of work to do if we are to take the fight to become a race winning team again.”