Blame Claire Williams bandwagon is ‘terribly unfair’

Date published: March 17 2020

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Alan Jones has defended Claire Williams in the wake of criticism about how she has overseen the plight of her family’s team in Formula 1.

As deputy team principal, Claire Williams has been on the frontline during the good times and, most recently, bad times after spending the past two seasons at the foot of the Constructors’ Championship.

Before the coronavirus pandemic put everything on hold, she and the rest of the team were hopeful that they would not be cut so far adrift of the midfield in 2020 – but we are going to have to be very patient in finding out whether that is the case.

Earlier in March, Claire Williams hit out at sexist attitudes that have come attached to the criticism she has faced and Jones, who has a great affinity with the team having won the World Championship with them in 1980, feels sexism has played a big role, too.

Jones also reminded everyone of how far Williams have come when taking their entire Formula 1 history into account.

“Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon blaming Claire which is terribly unfair,” Jones told The Guardian.

“It is easy pickings for them because she is female which is very, very unfair. She is doing a good job and they will come good.

“For Williams, from being no-ones, and I mean that, to being a front-running F1 team is an extraordinary feat.

“I hope to Christ they do come good because that’s my family.”

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