Williams are ‘finally heading in right direction’

Date published: June 29 2019

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Deputy team principal Claire Williams feels the team are “heading in the right direction” and staff morale is improving as a result.

Williams‘ 2019 campaign has been doomed since the outset after being late to pre-season testing and have comfortably been at the back of the grid as each race weekend has passed.

But, Claire Williams thinks the gap to the midfield is “slowly closing” now and the teams have more development plans in the pipeline before the summer break in August.

“I think as everybody has seen over the past few races, we’ve been able to bring new parts to the track, the majority of which have been adopted because they’ve shown greater levels of performance,” Williams said in Austria.

“We’re slowly closing that gap, and I think as everybody knows now, we’ve got more parts coming prior to shutdown that will hopefully bring greater performance to the car as well.

“We’re making good steps in the right direction, and that’s really nice to see.

“It’s been incredibly difficult for everybody at Williams over the last many, many months now, and it finally feels like we’re heading in the right direction again.

“There’s more of a spring in everybody’s step, so to speak.”

In other Williams news, Paddy Lowe’s leave of absence as chief technical officer was confirmed as a permanent exit ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Claire Williams would not go into the specifics of his departure and said the focus now is on how best to take the team forward.

“As you can all imagine, I can’t go into any detail about the situation with Paddy except to say that the situation is resolved and he has left the team, and we wish him well for the future,” Williams added.

“We’ve got to focus on the here and now, and the future, and that’s what we’re doing back at Grove in earnest.

“A lot of work is going on behind the scenes to make sure that we put Williams in the best possible position moving forward, from everyday moving forwards, not for 2020, not for 2021, but for right now.

“We have a very capable technical management team in place that have been working since Paddy’s leave of absence started back in March.”

Chief designer Doug McKiernan, head of design Adam Carter and trackside engineering chief Dave Robson have been steering the ship since Lowe’s departure.

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