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Re: The all New FW42
Posted by: IanSmithISA
Date: 14/12/2018 07:33
Good morning,

I am expecting very little. :-(

There is a post towards the bottom of


which has a statement from Paddy.

It appears to be suggesting that the Williams' way is not Paddy's way and things are being changed to Paddy's way.

In the long term this may be the correct thing to do, but changes like this usually see a lot of people go and the new team needing time to settle in. It may be that the new structure is in already in place along with the people so the 2020 car will be their first but the 2019 car is going to be heavily influenced by the old people and the old structure.

Of course it could be that Paddy is not the right man for the job and he is trying to impose a Mercedes way of doing things when it is not the Mercedes structure that is an absolute right but just a structure that works for Merc with their budget and the way that the people there like to work.

If there is a conflict between Paddy's structural ambitions and the old timers then there will not be much success until most of the workforce has changed.

We can't rule money out the equation as is still definitely an issue, I know that Claire has said that the 2019 budget will be the same as the 2018 one, but it was less clear if this was a certainty or an ambition.

Paddy mentions that Williams own their own land and factory but neglects to mention that they are already tied up as security for loans, and apparently the rules had been changed for 2019 and you may now use as much computing power as you like for CFD.

Given that this has been restricted for a while now it is likely that Williams' equipment is adequate for the old rules but limiting in a free for all.

Are there funds for a new supercomputer, especially as 2019 is a big debt repayment year, if I remember rightly its roughly all of Kubica's sponsorship.



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