Williams Martini Racing chief technical officer Paddy Lowe hopes the team can build on their twelfth and thirteenth place finishes at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Sergey Sirotkin finished ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Lowe admitted the Russian got lucky to emerge from the first corner after being hit by the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport of Valtteri Bottas.
“A fine day in Spa without rain so at least the race was not complicated by the weather, but there was a big set of incidents at turn one,” said Lowe. “There was an impact between Bottas and Sergey, so we were very lucky to emerge from that unscathed and we were able to continue.
“We came through with both cars in reasonably good positions.”
Williams tried a one stop strategy in Belgium and Lowe was pleased with the results and is hoping to build on that for the rest of the season.
“We ran a late one-stop strategy, soft to supersoft tyre, which worked well for us,” he said. “We were able to beat [Brendon] Hartley and [Stoffel] Vandoorne and very nearly held Sainz behind us.
“But none the less, considering recent results this is a good result today for the team and a good solid performance from both drivers.
“We will build on this in the races to come.”