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Williams eSports respond to accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct

The Williams eSports team has issued a statement addressing a series of accusations of unsportsmanlike behaviour from their team.

Williams eSports, the sim racing team of the Williams F1 team, have issued an apology for 'breaching team conduct' in the recent iRacing Daytona 24. Following a victory for Williams at the virtual 24 Hours of Daytona, footage emerged with accusations of unsportsmanlike behaviour from the team. The first issued occurred during qualifying, where their driver opted to use the inner 'apron' of the banking at the Daytona circuit, which is not permitted, and resulted in a pole position for the team. The driver who completed the lap was banned, but the team kept pole position, and qualifying stunt was defended by various team members, including Williams Ambassador, F1 Champion Jenson Button. The second issue centred around unsportsmanlike behaviour whilst being lapped. Video footage showed one of their cars, already several laps down, waiting in the pit lane exit in order to enter the track at the right time to help their teammates, mostly through slipstreaming. In both instances, a lack of 'live' stewarding meant the issues were not caught or punished at the time. The actions of the Williams eSports team were mostly defended by their team members on social media, with the statement also choosing to distance the team from the messages by individual team members. See Williams eSports statement below:

pic.twitter.com/zR7t723SwG — WILLIAMS ΞSPORTS (@WilliamsEsports) January 27, 2023

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