We’ve touched on this before…Williams have fielded a competitive car and while they continue to say that they are happy with the results so far, many wonder just what the team may have achieved had drivers Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado made the most of the performance gain and not squandered results with driver errors or lack of race craft.
Some fans suggest that the new form of Williams has more to do with the sheer pace of Maldonado and that it is his banzai approach to racing that has warranted the points Williams enjoys this year. So the argument is, at the very least, two-sided.
That’s not how former Williams driver Rubens Barrichellos sees it. In fact, he told Brazilian radio that Williams should have twice the points they have currently and it is the inexperience of the drivers that is hurting them. AUTOSPORT has the story:
“This kind of thought cannot exist, because I am not driving the car and I cannot think what could be or couldn’t be with me there.
“But the truth is that the car proved to be very competitive. They [Williams] made a good job with that to put the car many positions ahead on the grid [of where they were last year].
“And it is a shame, because I believe that they should have, at least, double the number of points that they in fact have.
“This happens of course because of the inexperience of the drivers – who are fast, but don’t know how to get the chances that the equipment they have in their hands provides them.”
Is it a case of hindsight being 20/20 0r sour grapes? Or does Barrichello have a point? Williams say they aren’t upset at the points lost due to driver error, and some of them have been doozies, but they are focused on their program and maximizing their potential (I’m paraphrasing here). That seems logical and I do think there is a case of excitement to even have points this year considering the team suffered its worst season in history last year. But should they expect more this year?
What do you think? We’ve discussed it here and on our podcast but I’d like to know your opinion, let us know what you think in the comment section below.