Racing in 2020 ‘critical’ to Williams survival

Date published: April 20 2020 - Mark Scott

Williams fears top three already have 2021 advantage

Deputy team principal, Claire Williams, has said it is “critical” that the team goes racing in 2020 if they to avoid an uncertain future in Formula 1.

The 2020 season calendar will be a heavily revised one now that the initial record-breaking 22-race schedule has been left in tatters due to the ongoing virus pandemic.

Seven of the first nine races have been officially postponed, while Australia and Monaco are cancelled. That number is expected to rise with the postponements of France and Silverstone likely.

However, Austria could offer a glimmer of hope for a July start as the government there has given the green light for the Red Bull Ring to host a Grand Prix behind closed doors.

Whilst health and safety is still top priority, Williams has warned that no racing for an independent team like themselves could have serious ramifications on their future in the sport.

“It is an incredibly difficult environment that Formula 1 finds itself in right now.” Williams told Sky Sports.

“That is why we have spent so much time locked away in so many team principals’ meetings to do everything we need, to make sure all of us come out of this, at the end of this year, unscathed.

“A big part of that is when we can go racing again, particularly for a team like ours – one of the few true independents left. We don’t have the backing the majority of our competitors have.

“For us, going racing is actually critical this year, but as I have said, only when it’s safe to do so.”

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