The Monaco Grand Prix was a difficult race for Williams Racing, particularly as there were no incidents to take advantage of, according to Head of Vehicle Performance, Dave Robson.
George Russell finished fourteenth, just ahead of team-mate Nicholas Latifi last Sunday, with the duo finding themselves in a fight for position with each other and with Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda’s Yuki Tsunoda. Both Williams drivers finishing ahead of the Japanese racer, much to the delight of Robson.
However, Williams were one of only two teams – alongside the Uralkali Haas F1 Team – not to score points in Monaco, and there run of finishes outside the top ten continues – they last scored points in the 2019 German Grand Prix.
“Today has been difficult and with no incidents, we weren’t able to make much progress,” said Robson on Sunday. “George lost a place at the start to Alonso, but Nicholas was able to overtake Tsunoda, who had started on the Hard tyre.
“From there we were locked in a private battle between our own cars and Tsunoda. We were able to manage the cars and tyres, and although we struggled a little in the opening stint, the pace was improved on the Hard tyre and we were able to hold off Tsunoda during the final few laps, with Nicholas doing a great job to stay ahead of a much quicker car.”
Robson admits that Williams came into the weekend expecting for it to be a tough one, and so it was proved as they were unable to fight for a place inside the top ten. However, he was pleased to see racing back at the Principality after the race was dropped from the calendar in 2020 due to COVID-19.
“We always expected this weekend to be tough but having not raced on the streets in Monaco for a couple of years, it was good to come back and learn a few more things about the FW43B on a very different style of circuit,” said Robson.
“Some of this will help us directly at future events in 2021 and the rest will be valuable when we return to Monte Carlo next year. Our attention now turns to Azerbaijan and a very different street circuit race in Baku.”