Claire Williams: F1 needs to address team alliances


By Andrew Hooper
March 29 2020

The Williams F1 team has had a long history of been an independent team with the majority of the teams design and manufacturing been done in-house. But in the last few years there has been a move by several other teams to enter into collaborations with other teams such as the relationship that has developed between Ferrari and Haas and Alfa Romeo. Williams Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams, has spoken of her dissatisfaction with these relationships saying that she is “not particularly happy” with what has become in her view a two-tier system. She believes that this is having an impact on the level of competition that exists in Formula One.

 
 Claire Williams: F1 needs to address team alliances
 

The Williams F1 team has had a long history of been an independent team with the majority the teams design and manufacturing been done in-house. But in the last few years there has been a move by several other Formula One teams to enter into collaborations with other teams such as the relationship that has developed between Ferrari and Haas and Alfa Romeo as well as that between Mercedes and Racing Point.

This issue was brought to the fore when Racing Point showed off their 2020 challenger the RP20 which has an significant likeness to the 2019 Mercedes W10. Despite what has been claimed to be the best model for Formula One teams with these relationships been the way forward it has now produced a divide between those teams that have gone down this path and those who have not such as Williams and McLaren.

Williams Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams, has spoken of her dissatisfaction with these relationships saying that she is “not particularly happy” with what has become in her view a two-tier system. She believes that this is having an impact on the level of competition that exists in Formula One.

For team like Williams, Renault and McLaren they are very much still working on the philosophy that Formula One should be a sport of independent constructors.

In a recent interview with Autosport.com Claire commented on this issue by saying: “I think that we need to create a sustainable sport for all the teams.

“The work that F1 have done in recent times, particularly around the financial model, has been so important so that we can create sustainability and stability for teams like ours.

“All business models should have the right to survive, but also thrive in this sport. That’s really important. And I wouldn’t want to see a next step with this.

“I think we need to put a pin in this where we are now – if not take it back a little bit. We’re not particularly happy with where things are – not least because it creates a two-tier championship.

“You want to create a platform whereby every single team in this sport has the opportunity to score points, be on the podium and win races. And at the moment, we just don’t have that.”

There has been a lot of discussion as to whether Williams should adopt this model in order to help their return to competitiveness as well as helping with the costs of doing everything in-house.

But Claire has made it clear in the past that this model would not work for a team like Williams.

In an interview with Speedweek.com Claire said: “First of all – I would never denounce another team for its actions as long as it is within the rules, and that is true of Racing Point.

“It is absolutely up to them what kind of vehicle they want to compete in a Grand Prix.

“But we are proud to be an independent designer, we make our own car, and we will not deviate from that in the future.

“If this concept for Racing Point comes to life, it would be nice for them, but it wouldn’t have worked for us. So we continue on the way we have done so far.”

But Claire is also very aware that the season ahead, assuming that the 2020 Formula One season is able to commence, that 2020 is a “critical” year after the previous seasons which have seen the team struggle.

IN comments to Reuters Claire added: “It’s a critical year because we’ve had two bad years and Williams isn’t in Formula One to race around at the back of the grid. We’re here because we want to race the competition.

“Having a third (bad) year and to subject our team personnel to a third year of racing around by ourselves at the back of the grid is going to take its toll. And we don’t want that to happen.

“For our pride and for our self-respect we can’t allow that. This is one of the most fabled and storied teams in Formula One and we want to see it back where we know that it can get to.”

 

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Date: 06/04/2020 20:13

I 100% agree with her. Engines are one thing, Ive never been a fan of the way things have gone in the past few years. One thing still remains true, is that my Pride for WilliamsF1 is just that WilliamsF1. I saw a friend of mine about two weeks ago, the same friend that got me into F1 in 1990, I asked him if he still enjoys the F1 weekends the way we used to? He responded "haven't watched F1 in years" but ill bet any money your still a Williams fan, my response was "damn straight" I kinda got that feeling I had the moment Pastor crossed the finish line some years ago. From the back or from the front, on Sunday mornings its all about Williams in my house. Thanks Claire for keeping er going..

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