After ending final within the constructors’ championship for 3 years in a row, Williams rose to eighth place in the 2021 standings as the team enjoyed its most profitable season since 2017.
Williams ended a factors drought relationship again to Germany 2019 by finishing seventh and eighth in Hungary, capitalising on a race of attrition and the first-lap crashes to get each Nicholas Latifi and George Russell into the factors.
Russell would rating additional factors in Belgium, Italy and Russia, and picked up the team’s first podium since Azerbaijan 2017 by taking second place within the rain-marred Spa race.
Williams staff principal and CEO Capito mentioned the outcomes in the summertime races have been “not anticipated”, however that its close to misses within the races main as much as that had supplied added motivation to your entire staff after spending the earlier two years largely adrift from the sphere.
“After we began to have 11th place, and we see that we are able to race with some automobiles within the midfield, after all it provides a lift as properly,” Capito advised Autosport.
“You progress extra and also you enhance extra if you happen to’re within the place which you could combat with different automobiles and race others. And that is additionally what we discovered with race drivers: they have a very totally different motivation in the event that they’re simply working round in the back of the sphere or if they are often in a combat.
“At Barcelona, it was the combat with George and Fernando [Alonso] which was unbelievable and gave George a lot confidence that the automotive is just not that unhealthy and that we are able to obtain factors. The staff then believes that.
“After all with Barcelona, we benefitted from the primary nook. However you continue to must run by that and you continue to have to complete the race and maintain that place.”
Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, George Russell, Williams FW43B
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Russell got here near scoring factors at Paul Ricard, the Purple Bull Ring and Silverstone, nevertheless it was on the Hungaroring the place Williams lastly made its breakthrough.
“I feel the staff has carried out some very courageous selections in Budapest on tyre selections, as properly to maintain that place,” Capito mentioned.
“So the staff has to have the sensation that it’s on advantage, and I consider that it’s on advantage, as a result of if you’re within the place to take the factors and you’ll’t take them, you then haven’t carried out your job,” Capito mentioned.
“However as we have been within the place to take the factors, and end within the factors with each automobiles, then we began saying ‘OK, can we do extra?’. After which in a few races with factors, it was actually good.”