Health of Williams staff comes first
By Andrew Hooper
May 7 2020
In a recent interview Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams spoke of her concerns for the future of not only the Williams Team but also F1. With the Coronavirus still dominating discussions amongst Formula One there is a push to get the 2020 season restarted. But for Claire her the major focus has always been the health of the teams staff over the financial issues affecting the team. Despite these "scary" concerns for Claire the teams staff will always come first over any thoughts of the team closing its doors.
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Looking back maybe the only mistake that Williams made and this was way before Claire's time was to go public but that was done as a revenue raising measure. Not attracting wealthy backers was what has put Williams in a difficult situation. But even teams like McLaren with their extensive backing from Arab backers still seems to be struggling under the current F1 model.
I'm sure the sport will survive in some form, but I think there will be a major restructure in its costing and funding model post-COVID.
I'm highly doubtful that there will be any meaningful racing beyond a possible 'exhibition' race in Austria. And unless teams like Williams can be guaranteed funding (and safety) for the season, it's going to be a tough call to incur the substantial costs of reopening team operations to race a likely 'no points' finish in Austria. And if Williams with one or two other teams can't race, will they still proceed?