Although Force India beat them to fourth place by more than 100 points, Williams reckon the gap between the two teams was “not much.”
Force India led Formula 1’s midfield battle throughout the 2017 championship, and wrapped up P4 for the second year running.
It was a good showing from the team, who bagged 187 points to beat Williams by 104.
But despite the points hinting an emphatic loss to Force India, Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe insists the gap out on track wasn’t at big as that in the points.
“At some point attention had to turn to next season’s car and trying to make a big step there,” Lowe told Racer.
“I think we’ll find all the midfield teams will say the same thing: ‘Can we put some air between us and the others so that we’re ahead?’ That’s what we’re aiming to do.
“Force India did a great job last year, so great credit to them. If you go and average it all through I think they had a slightly quicker car than us but not much.
“We were quicker at various times of the year and they were quicker at others, so all credit to them, they’ve actually done a great job to earn the points with that car. We could’ve have done a better job in that respect.”