2019/20 one long campaign for Williams

Jamie Woodhouse
Williams to launch FW43 on 17 February.

Williams to launch FW43 on 17 February.

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams says the team are treating 2019 and 2020 as one long campaign to prepare for 2021.

F1 will undergo a total makeover in time for the 2021 season, with new sporting, technical and financial regulations set to be introduced, as well as a $175million-per-season budget cap.

It was a dreadful 2019 for Williams who propped up the Constructors’ standings with just a single point, and with the regulations remaining stable for next year, the team are treating both seasons like two rolled into one.

But Williams, like the other nine teams, will also have the headache of managing two programmes next season as they navigate through 2020 and prepare for 2021.

Claire Williams says the team can only do their best, and believes the top three outfits (Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull) have an advantage in that department.

“For us, it is a real challenge back at the factory, trying to run those two programmes, for next year, for 2021 – but obviously we’ve been trying to run this year’s programme, when we haven’t let development slide,” she is quoted by Crash.net.

“Really we’re looking at 2019 and 2020 as one long campaign.

“So, it is difficult – but we wanted the 2021 regulations to come in. We lobbied hard for them, so we’ve just got to deal with the problem head on and do the best job that we can.

“I think everyone in the pit lane is going to have a challenge on their hands. I think it will be slightly easier for the top three teams with bigger budgets.”

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