Williams fears top three already have 2021 advantage

Date published: February 28 2020

Williams fears top three already have 2021 advantage

With one of the smallest budgets in F1, Claire Williams says Williams would have benefitted from the budget cap coming into effect this season.

This year poses an interesting conundrum for the Formula 1 teams as they try to balance developing their 2020 cars against designing all-new 2021 machines.

While the top teams with the big bank accounts, such as Mercedes and Ferrari, can effectively buy an early advantage, teams such as Williams will soon have to divert funds away from this year’s car to design next year’s.

Williams says it would have been better for her team if the entire grid was already limited to next year’s $175m budet cap.

“We can’t afford to run parallel programs, so we’re going to – at some point – make that decision to transition over and put the full resource behind the FW44, so it’s not easy,” she said via FormulaSpy.

“And with hindsight, which is a wonderful thing, I wish we had brought the cost cap in for this year so that we didn’t have this issue with the top three teams being able to spend as much as they possibly can going into 2021.

“It’s going to be a piece of financial management from all us to manage those resources going into next year and just being able to do the best job we can.”

Williams is one team that has to do well this season on the back of two disappointing campaigns.

The Grove team finished bottom of the log in 2018 and again in 2019 having scored five points followed by just one point last year.

“Clearly this is an important year for us, we’ve had two bad campaigns over 2018 and 2019 and we’ve always said we’ve got to get this year right,” she added.

“I think we’ve started on a good path, but we’ve still got work to do.

“We have plans in the pipeline to ensure that we’re bringing upgrades over the course of this year, but probably like most other teams up and down the paddock, those upgrade pipelines are going to be, somewhat curtailed, maybe versus last year, or the year before because we all have limited resources at the back end of this field, unfortunately.”

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