Williams not fazed by poor start

Claire Williams has called for patience and calm as the team attempt to fight their way off the ropes.

Started 3rd but was swiftly overtaken early on.

Williams are currently enduring their worst start to a Formula One season in their illustrious history, having failed to score a point from the opening seven races.

Having taken on the role of deputy team principal in March this year, Williams has been plunged into the deep end as the Grove-based marque struggle on track.

But along with owner and team principal Frank, father and daughter are determined to haul Williams out of its crisis.

"Whenever an announcement is made about an appointment there is the initial fuss, it's all exciting and you talk about what you want to achieve and what you want to do," said Williams.

"But I didn't think I was going to come in and everything would be rosy, that suddenly everything would land in my lap and it would be easy. Not at all.

"But also I'm not now sitting here thinking 'Oh my God, what are we going to do?' I expected the situation to be like this, so I'm fine with it, comfortable with it.

"There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to ensure this situation doesn't remain as it is because it's not where we want to be and not really acceptable.

"We're not prepared to stand by and let this continue. We have to make the changes, whatever they may be.

"Of course, we have new leadership in the team that has only just come into place and we need time for those changes to work.

"You can't change things overnight. We made a series of changes at the end of 2011 as well, we need to make even more changes and we recognise that.

"Everyone knows change takes time, so people need to remain patient, calm and focused on what we need to do moving forward."

Aside from Williams herself, Mike O'Driscoll was appointed at the end of last month to the newly-created role of Group CEO in an effort to secure the long-term business success of the team.

Williams insists, despite the current results, the financial future of the team is healthy, which she naturally hopes will in turn lead to better performances on track.

"Williams has always done really well commercially," added Williams.

"That's been one of Frank's greatest strengths, keeping this team going for 35 years, and we're not about to stop that now.

"Our results and finances are out there for everyone to see. We have a healthy racing budget and we will do for next year as well.

"Yes, there are challenges that lie ahead, but there are challenges within every team.

"We've got lots of conversations going on at the moment moving forward into 2014 and I know we'll achieve what we want to achieve.

"What I would obviously like to achieve is to attract piles and piles of cash so we can make the really big changes and compete.

"But it's all relative isn't it - the more money you have, in theory the better you can do, but I don't subscribe to that 100 per cent.

"I think you can win on smaller budgets. It's about being cleverer and smarter with your money."



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