I believe Williams is now the third fastest car of the field, behind Mercedes (obviously) and Red Bull, at least over one lap. Qualifying pace is excellent, thanks to the Mercedes powerplant and an apparently low-drag (or maybe low downforce) car design.
Race pace is probably not as good as it should be. I’d put them level pegging, perhaps a little ahead, of Ferrari in this regard. The car seems a little harder on its tyres than most of the other runners battling for the minor placings.
Relative race pace seems to drop off towards the end of a stint, and Bottas seems to be pitting earlier than most cars around him in the opening stint of the dry races. Perhaps it’s a lack of rear-end downforce and not quite getting the rear tyre pressures right. The Williams seems to be less stable at the rear end that the Red Bull and Ferrari as the reace progresses.
It’s also shame that the team has suffered so much misfortune during the races this season. But, they’ve also manufactured some of their own poor performance.
Pit stops have been consistently a few tenths slower that other, top of the field, teams. Pit stop errors have been too frequent as well.
All in all, a better season that last year. My hope now is that Massa and Bottas consistently finish in the top 3-6 positions, possibly earning Williams fourth, or third if very lucky, in the constructors championship.