Williams: Most painful experiences of my life

Date published: September 13 2018

Claire Williams: Most painful experiences of my life

As Williams continue to struggle through their worst season ever, Claire Williams has ruled out wielding the axe as “no one person is the magician.”

Last time out at Monza, Williams bagged their best result of this season with both drivers inside the points for the first time.

While Lance Stroll was P8, his rookie team-mate Sergey Sirotkin scored his first point of the campaign with a 10th placed finish.

That, though, is not enough to save Williams’ season.

The team remains stuck at the bottom of the championship log, 12 points behind Sauber.

“I did read the other day about somebody saying they didn’t think Williams felt pain any more when we don’t do well,” deputy team boss Williams said in an interview with Reuters.

“For me this has been up there with one of the most painful experiences of my life.

“This team … is like another sibling to me. It feels like another one of my children. I take a huge sense of personal responsibility for it.”

She, however, has ruled out wielding the axe.

“One person can’t change the world. No one person is the magician,” Williams explained.

“They at least need to be afforded some time to demonstrate their talent and to implement changes … there would be no point making a rash decision because you’re only going to end up in the same place.

“It’s the same for me, I’d never been a team principal before, or run a business before I was running Williams. It’s a case of going through your job and learning almost as you go along. That’s what we’re doing.

“We’re now trying to do the best we can to make sure that we put in place everything we need to, to give it a successful future. But that takes time.”

It also takes money and that is something Williams could be short of next season.

Not only are they losing Martini as their title sponsor but Lawrence Stroll’s millions are also about to walk out the door after he led the consortium that purchased the Force India team.

Asked about the finances, Williams said: “Lawrence has kept us appraised of what his plans have been and so we’ve been aware of that and can plan for that.

“Yes it’s a very difficult landscape, but we’re lucky that people want to see us do well, they want to help contribute to that and be part of the journey back towards success again.

“It’s a concern every year, the finances of an independent team. But, as Frank always says, something always turns up.

“It always has and we always end up the following year breathing a sigh of relief that we’ve got a healthy racing budget again.”

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