Once again on a circuit which they believe would suit them, Williams had a disappointing day, although it really started for them on Saturday after a less than satisfactory qualifying session.
The team had shown good pace this weekend, even leading a practice session. However, a software glitch in qualifying meant they were glued to the bottom of the top ten, gifting their arch rivals this season the chance to outscore them this weekend and that is what they did.
Although Valtteri Bottas got a good start, he missed out on getting a free tyre change under the red flag, with the team having to bring the Finn in shortly before it was flown. It ruined his afternoon to fall behind Felipe Massa, before claiming that back at the end of the race, but it was just for the minor points rather than the fourth and fifth places gained by Force India.
Talking after the race, Williams’ Rob Smedley said: “t was a disappointing race to come out with so few points. The key point of the race for us was the safety car when Magnusson had the huge accident and damaged the barrier.
“We thought it would be a red flag and so planned our strategy around that, however the red flag didn’t come out very quickly, and so we had to pit Valtteri. The red flag did finally come out, as predicted, however by this point it had ruined our race.
“From then on our afternoon was set as we just didn’t have the pace to move further forward. We will now go to Monza and try harder.”
Williams head to Monza two points behind Force India in fifth.