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Williams explains lack of 2016 pace

1 November 2016

Mike O’Driscoll, group CEO at Williams F1, has explained why the Grove based team is fighting for fourth in the 2016 World Constructor’s Championship.

In the opening two seasons of the hybrid era, Williams F1 was consistently at the sharp end of the field, regularly challenging for podiums in 2014 and maintaining top five form in the 2015 season.

“I think it’s also fair to say that the development of this year’s car hasn’t gone as well as we would have liked,” said O’Driscoll, “all of the upgrades we brought haven’t been as effective as we would have wished.”

The 2016 season has been a different story, warranting just on podium thus far, with the team sitting fifth in the World Constructor’s Championship with just two races remaining.

The Sahara Force India F1 team sits in fourth position just nine points ahead of the Grove based team.

Despite the sub-optimal upgrades brought in throughout the season, O’Driscoll added, “I think it’s fair to say that we made an early decision in the season to focus on the 2017 development.”

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