In the wake of Felipe Massa’s comment that Williams are “going backwards”, Claire Williams has acknowledge that they cannot have another season like this.
Massa was disappointed with Williams’ form in the wake of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix and stated that he felt that the team was going “backwards.”
And, at least on the scoreboard, Williams have been.
The team has managed just 45 points so far this season with just nine top-ten results to date. Last season they managed 16 in the same period of time and finished the season on 138 points.
The team’s form has led Paddy Lowe, Williams’ new chief technical officer, to declare that next season they need to embrace a “new philosophy” and deputy team boss Williams is backing him to get it right.
After all, she says, Williams “can’t have another year like this” one.
“As you would expect someone of Paddy’s calibre has a plan,” said Williams in Friday’s FIA press conference.
“Ever since he joined us back in March this year he’s been undertaking a full analysis of the team back at the factory but also the race team operations on the ground track-side in order to understand where the weaknesses lie. We’ve gone through that as a board. And now we’re looking at how we allocate resources forward into 2018 so that we can address those weaknesses.”
“A lot of our weaknesses appeared at the mid-point of last season and we can’t go into another season having the same issues we’ve had. So we have full trust in Paddy but also we brought in a number of other senior personnel to work alongside him. Dirk de Beer heads out aerodynamic department as well, comes from Ferrari this year to us. And some other senior engineers that are hopefully going to turn things around for us. But as I said we can’t have another year like this.”