Saturday, 09 february 2019, 04:55 , by Martin Macdonald
Claire Williams believes that Williams currently have the infrastructure and resources to fight for fourth place in the constructor's championship in the 2019 Formula 1 season, saying that the team doesn't need to rely on the 2021 rule changes to be competitive on the grid again.
Williams remain the second-most successful team in the history of F1, with only Ferrari having won more titles over the years.
Claire Williams is confident the team can bounce back and even win the midfield battle this year.
"We’re still a team competing with a very healthy budget, we’re still a team competing with phenomenal resources at Williams, and we have a great team of people here,” the team boss told RACER.
“I don’t see why we aren’t able to fight back in that midfield and to fight for P4."
In 2021, budget caps are going to be introduced to try and level the playing field, so that elite teams such as Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull can no longer vastly outspend their less competitive colleagues.
Williams are one of the teams who would likely benefit from the new rules, but Claire Williams claims the team is looking compete now - not in two years.
"I don’t believe that we have to wait and that’s certainly not the mindset that we have here, that we’re just treading water until 2021," she continued.
"That’s a really important message that certainly we’ve relayed internally but to the outside world — that we’re here competing, we’re not just making up the numbers until the landscape changes to better suit us."
The team has a new driving line-up for 2019, with George Russell and the returning Robert Kubica replacing Stroll and Sirotkin.