F1 » Drivers not the cause of Williams disappointment

Pastor Maldonado's propensity for incident was not the sole reason for Williams' inability to better eighth in the constructors' standings, according to designer Mike Coughlan.

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Ed - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 11:47 PM

To be honest they had a good thing going... shouldn't have let Senna go if the team was a bit more professional. I'm pretty sure this wouldn't have happened in the 80's Williams Team.

Should the new driver not be managed by one of the team's managers, Senna would have kept his seat (and rightfully so) allowing the team to have a consistent point scorer (Senna) and one driver that likes to take a lot of risks. A lot of the time a lot more risks than he should but he's still learning... Ideally, they'd even give Senna the all 100% seat time (enough with missing Free Practices, it's just a bad idea altogether. No one wins except the driver stepping in and he doesn't score points).

That line-up, allied with an extra year of experience for both riders, would have to be better than putting a fresh face in there and then having to go through everything again.

JJ - Unregistered

December 15, 2012 5:56 AM

How nice of him to try to deflect the blame, but we all know PM cost the team a lot of points. I agree that PM does have flashes of brilliance, but flashes aren't what wins championships and collect points for the team. I wonder how of the $ did Williams keep from him in terms of all the costs for repairs and points he cost the team for not finishing in the points. IMHO, Senna was done wrong by the team. While I still like Williams and hope they step up, I like them less than before.

Petrol Head - Unregistered

December 15, 2012 2:55 PM

Ideal Williams team would have been Rubens & Bruno. Only problem there, as has been said many times, is lack of financial backing.
Frank & Co have sunk really low in a lot of peoples estimation.
F1 is now all about money & not about how good or bad a driver is. Cannot see this changing now.


December 16, 2012 4:32 PM

Williams Renault scored one quarter of the points that Lotus Renault managed, I dont know what results Raikkonen and Grosjean would have achieved driving the Williams, i think maybe better than Pastor and Bruno managed, so if it wasnt down to the drivers, its gotta be down to the other team personnel imo.

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