Jost Capito says that Williams are hoping to make a good step towards improving performance for 2022, but warns that getting the team back towards the front of the grid is “not a quick fix”.
Williams’ new CEO was appointed to the role at the back end of last year, and the team have shown progress in being able to catch up towards the midfield for the start of the 2021 season.
Both George Russell and Nicholas Latifi made it through to Q2 at Imola, and Russell has said the new structure that has been put in place at the team is “incredibly positive” and they are able to focus on improving car performance rather than simply surviving.
“We’ve started the ship turning around where you already see some changes already have happened,” Capito told Sky Sports F1 in response to Martin Brundle’s analogy of calling Williams a “big famous ship that needs turning around”.
“We are focussing on next year’s car. The timescale [on catching the pack] is very difficult to say.
“For sure, it’s not a quick fix. There’s a lot to be done, especially as there were financial constraints over the recent years.
“Now, with the new owner, that has very much changed. Investment has been done but now this investment has to work. That’s what we’re working on right now.”
Having taken time to settle into his role, Capito has implemented quick changes into the team, including the appointment of a new technical director in Francois-Xavier Demaison.
Capito has now been able to meet his new colleagues and assess the lay of the land at Grove, with the 2022 car already a priority for the team. Coupled with that, Capito also assured that Williams do not wish to become a customer for any other team in the future, keeping their independence and being “in control of our own destiny” in the sport.
“There is a lot of talent and a great mixture of experience and young talent [at the team],” he added. “If we make that work together well, we have that chance to move up the grid.
“We’re looking to have a reasonable step for next year. We are already very much focussing on the ’22 car and not doing a huge development on the ’21 car.”