A single point from 12 races. That’s a tough season by any team’s standards. But after a positive couple of races, the team now believes they are now on the right track at last.
Williams’ 2019 campaign started on the wrong foot, but upgrades introduced in the last couple of races have lifted them off the bottom of the timesheets.
In Hungary, the team found themselves genuinely challenging for a place in Q2 during qualifying for the first time this season, with George Russell ultimately falling just a tenth short after a brilliant lap that put the team ahead of a Renault and both Racing Point cars.
In terms of championship standings the gap is still quite big – ninth-place team Haas have scored 26 points to Williams’ one – but, of course, their recent progress should have benefits beyond 2019 in terms of maintaining the team’s upward trajectory.
Without any major regulation changes going into the 2020 season, anything Williams bring to the car now will roll into next year as well.
The second half of the Formula 1 season resumes in Belgium, on the last weekend in August, where Williams will be hoping to build on their recent positive momentum.