Williams dismisses talk of Lowe’s role in delays

Date published: February 20 2019

Williams: Dismiss speculation

Claire Williams has said the team will not “apportion any blame” as to why they have fallen so far behind at the first test.

The Williams FW42 only made its first on-track appearance in the afternoon of the third day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, prompting major speculation as to who and what was the reason behind the delays.

Reports of mutiny in the ranks have begun to circulate in the British press, with chief technical officer Paddy Lowe being predicted as one of the first heads to roll if the turmoil continues.

But Claire Williams was not interested in getting into any detail about the reasons why the team have ended up behind schedule.

“I haven’t paid too much attention to it [the speculation], to be honest with you,” Williams told Sky Sports F1.

“There is always a lot of speculation in these circumstances.

“But we don’t apportion any blame at Williams, that’s the not the name of the game and not what you need to be focusing your energy on.

“It’s about us all clubbing together and making sure we understand why we were unable to deliver the car and do that after-action review and learn from the mistakes.”

Williams once again would not get into specifics when asked if there was one major factor behind the delays.

“It’s probably a number of things,” she added.

“We don’t want to really go into the detail of how.

“We just need to do our analysis and the most important thing now is that we have got this car here.

“We can now spend a little bit of time looking what went wrong.

“Clearly we know the main culprits…not the main culprits, but the main elements to why we are delayed.

“But we don’t want to discuss that and we are not going to be airing our dirty laundry in public.

“It’s not appropriate. We have got to do a full analysis now back at the factory and make sure this never happens again.”

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