Succeeding in putting both cars into Q2 at the Hungaroring, Claire Williams declared that Williams is “back racing again”.
Williams was third in the Constructors’ Championship as recently as 2015, however, a decision to change the philosophy of the car ahead of the 2018 campaign cost the team dearly.
The Grove team plummeted to last in the championship with just seven points on the board. That, though, wasn’t rock bottom as the follow season the team managed one solitary point.
Williams’ slump led to the departure of Paddy Lowe and other personnel changes, however, not at the very top with Claire Williams staying on as deputy team boss despite many pundits, led by former Williams driver Jacques Villeneuve, calling for her head.
Williams vowed to do all she could to see the team return to its glory days. They look to have taken a few steps in the right direction this season having announced earlier in the year that the team is for sale.
Although the team has yet to get off the mark, George Russell qualified his FW43 in 12th place at the Styrian Grand Prix and one week later was joined in Q2 by his team-mate Nicholas Latifi.
It was Williams first double Q2 showing since Monza 2018.
Unfortunately for the team the grand prix didn’t pan out as they wanted with Russell and Latifi falling to the very back of the field, P18 and 19th respectively.
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Williams is, however, buoyed by the signs of improvement..
She told Sky F1: “We’ve been in the wilderness for a couple of seasons now and you very quickly forget what it does feel like to be sat on the pit wall or be in the garage watching your two cars go out, knowing they can achieve something so much better than stepping out of Q1 or coming last in qualifying, not ever scoring points in the race.
“That’s brutal, unless you’ve actually experienced that you have no idea what it feels like.
“Yet our guys turned up each and every race, rolling their sleeves up and just doing and going through it.
“And now to know that our cars can go out there and knowing that we have two great drivers that can deliver that performance for us is just brilliant.
“We’re back racing again. That’s why Williams are in this sport, to go racing, and we finally feel that we’re doing that.”