Welcome at RN365

You are logged in. Benefit directly from all the benefits of your account:

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits

Welcome at RN365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
fri 26 mar - sun 28 mar
Quali sat 27 mar
Race sun 28 mar
ita
fri 16 apr - sun 18 apr
Quali sat 17 apr
Race sun 18 apr
bhr
por
fri 30 apr - sun 02 may
Quali sat 01 may
Race sun 02 may
ita
esp
fri 07 may - sun 09 may
Quali sat 08 may
Race sun 09 may
por
mco
thu 20 may - sun 23 may
Quali sat 22 may
Race sun 23 may
esp
aze
fri 04 jun - sun 06 jun
Quali sat 05 jun
Race sun 06 jun
mco
can
fri 11 jun - sun 13 jun
Quali sat 12 jun
Race sun 13 jun
aze
fra
fri 25 jun - sun 27 jun
Quali sat 26 jun
Race sun 27 jun
can
aut
fri 02 jul - sun 04 jul
Quali sat 03 jul
Race sun 04 jul
fra
gbr
fri 16 jul - sun 18 jul
Quali sat 17 jul
Race sun 18 jul
aut
hun
fri 30 jul - sun 01 aug
Quali sat 31 jul
Race sun 01 aug
gbr
bel
fri 27 aug - sun 29 aug
Quali sat 28 aug
Race sun 29 aug
hun
nld
fri 03 sep - sun 05 sep
Quali sat 04 sep
Race sun 05 sep
bel
ita
fri 10 sep - sun 12 sep
Quali sat 11 sep
Race sun 12 sep
nld
rus
fri 24 sep - sun 26 sep
Quali sat 25 sep
Race sun 26 sep
ita
sgp
fri 01 oct - sun 03 oct
Quali sat 02 oct
Race sun 03 oct
rus
jpn
fri 08 oct - sun 10 oct
Quali sat 09 oct
Race sun 10 oct
sgp
usa
fri 22 oct - sun 24 oct
Quali sat 23 oct
Race sun 24 oct
jpn
mex
fri 29 oct - sun 31 oct
Quali sat 30 oct
Race sun 31 oct
usa
bra
fri 05 nov - sun 07 nov
Quali sat 06 nov
Race sun 07 nov
mex
aus
fri 19 nov - sun 21 nov
Quali sat 20 nov
Race sun 21 nov
bra
sau
fri 03 dec - sun 05 dec
Quali sat 04 dec
Race sun 05 dec
aus
are
fri 10 dec - sun 12 dec
Quali sat 11 dec
Race sun 12 dec
sau
Start Bahrain GP
Days
Hour
Min.
Sec.
Williams

Claire Williams: People rightly associate me with team's worst years

Claire Williams, former deputy team principal for the Williams Formula 1 team, has spoken of the team's struggles in her final years in charge as well as the legacy she feels she in particular has left behind.

Article
To news overview © Williams

Claire Williams has opened up on her time in Formula 1, discussing the team's recent struggles and how she feels the blame should fall at her feet.

Founded back in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, the team have won 16 titles in F1 - nine constructors’ and seven drivers’ - but in recent times, have become known for propping up the timesheets rather than setting them alight. And while Williams acknowledges that, ultimately, she must bear responsibility, she also stressed there were other factors that worked against her.

"I think people probably now and rightly so probably associate me with some of the worst years of Williams’ time in Formula 1," Williams said in an interview for The Spectator. "The last three years of my tenure were incredibly difficult but there were some very extenuating circumstances around why we ended up in that place.

"They forget when I took it on, I inherited a team that for the past three seasons had finished ninth, eighth and ninth. I had the team for nine months and managed to take it to third place in the championship two years in a row. And then we had two P5’s and that’s not bad for a team that invariably was always the underdog that had much fewer people, much fewer resources, and a whole lot less money than the teams we were competing against."

As mentioned, at the beginning of the turbo-hybrid era, the team partnered with Mercedes engines and experienced an upturn in form that saw them back among the elite of the sport. However, that has made their recent decline, in which they’ve finished the last three seasons in 10th, all the more difficult for Williams.

"I wish that it had been the reverse and I'd had to fight a lot harder for that success and it was at the end of my tenure," Williams continued. "I think it's important that you struggle harder for success. And as much as I struggled for a year, it was only a year before I was regularly running down to the podium and congratulating our drivers for a second or third place.

"We never won a race, unfortunately, during those years, but those were great. There was huge interest in Williams, they were the martini years, we had great fun. That was hard work but there was reward for it. And obviously, when you're still fighting hard, in actual fact, you're fighting even harder when you're coming last, or you’re at the back end of the grid, but you get no reward for it. That's really painful."

One thing Williams is proud of, even in the midst of a terrible run of form, was the spirit she was able to create among everyone that worked for the team and endeavoured to push them back up the grid where they once reigned supreme.

"One of the biggest challenges over my latter years was how to still retain a culture that inspired people to keep fighting despite every weekend or every other weekend, turning up to the track and getting nothing for their hard work," Williams stated.

"People put blood, sweat and tears into getting our cars to the racetrack even knowing the performance wasn’t there. So I did a lot of work trying to build that culture and drive it. That was one of the things I was most proud of as my legacy at Williams."

Under the new owners, things do seem to be moving in the right direction, and while it'll no doubt take time to bridge the performance deficit, the future appears brighter for this much-loved team.

Subscribe to the F1 calendar

Never miss a thing from the Formula 1 season! Add the 2021 F1 schedule to your calendar at the touch of a button. Subscribe below and put the dates and times of every race directly on your PC or smartphone, so you don't miss a second from the new season.

Subscribe to the F1 calendar Download the F1 calendar

1 comment

    x