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F1 team principal hints at 'sacrificing' 2024 season

F1 team principal hints at 'sacrificing' 2024 season

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F1 team principal hints at 'sacrificing' 2024 season

F1 team principal hints at 'sacrificing' 2024 season

Williams team principal James Vowles has revealed he is willing to sacrifice the 2024 season to position the team for a competitive presence in the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

Williams finished seventh in the constructors' championship this season with 28 points, marking a significant improvement from the 2022 season when they finished at the bottom with eight points.

Despite the progress from the previous season, Vowles acknowledges that it will take some time for Williams to compete with the top teams, indicating a readiness to potentially sacrifice the upcoming season for long-term gains.

“We’re not simply going to step up and fight amongst the giants unless we take these large leaps,” Vowles admitted.

“It also means that I’m prepared to still sacrifice 2024 if it means that we can keep making those large leaps and steps in 2025 and 2026.

“Because the truth is as satisfying as it was to finish seventh, that’s not what I want for the team. What I want for the team is the ability to have the infrastructure and systems that they can start fighting and we can start fighting for podiums and more.

“And you can’t achieve that by scratching around the same region, you’ve really got to change quite a bit of the deep, underlying infrastructure and foundations and belief of what you’re doing.”

Williams team principal James Vowles could sacrifice 2024 F1 season
Williams finished seventh in the constuctors' championship

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Williams 2024

Williams recently confirmed that driver Logan Sargeant would retain his seat with the British team, partnering alongside Alex Albon.

Albon outqualified Sargeant in every qualifying session throughout the 2023 season and contributed 27 of the 28 points earned by the team.

Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant

This raised significant questions about Sargeant's ability to stay with the team, given that he could only secure one point all season.

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