Williams can win without manufacturer budget – Claire Williams


Claire Williams believes that the Williams Martini Racing team do not need the budget of a manufacturer to become race winners in Formula 1 again.

The Williams Deputy Team Principal feels that the team, who last won a race back in 2012 when Pastor Maldonado took the chequered flag first in Spain, have the brainpower in their ranks to make the gains necessary to take the victory.

The team have finished on the podium three times so far in 2015, and sit third in the constructors championship, the same position as they finished in 2014, but Williams feel the time for the team to return to winning ways could be coming.

“I don’t see why not,” said Williams about the team possibly winning again. “F1 is not just about the engine, it is about your chassis, and it is about so many other components, that if you get that bit right then why cannot you beat your engine supplier team?

“F1 is cyclical, people have their time at the top and other people have their time at the top – so it has to be coming soon.

“The budget is not the constraint for us. We have a healthy budget at Williams, we have always said that and we have always only spent according to the budget that we have.

“We do a great job. Running P3 in the championship at the moment and having secured P3 last year, we demonstrated as a team that you don’t need to have the enormous budgets.

“We are working to the best of our abilities with the budget we have and the budget we have doesn’t constrain us.

“We wouldn’t say not to another 10, 20 or 30 million but we don’t have at the moment, so we have to work with what we have got. As I said, I don’t believe it is all about the people you have and the brainpower.”

  • kenyon777

    You could start by getting your race strategy right. Williams are far too conservative in this regard and I ascribe that to Ron Smedley. To my mind, he has been a dismal failure since Williams hired him.