Also it's worth noticing Williams finished inside top3 in WCC and was battling Red Bull and Ferrari like equal throughout 2014/2015. When was the last time a team buying gearbox etc. from another team was performing on that level?
That's why I'm not happy with teams like RP, Haas etc. Don't get me wrong, I don't blame the teams for this approach, I blame F1. These teams dependent on others for supplying them seem to have a maximum level they never seem to be able to exceed and it's pretty uninspiring to have half of the grid like that, especially when we only have 10 teams in F1. Williams might have had some pretty damn low lows in recent years but their highs were still higher than any of those relying on others for gearbox etc. To me it seems it would be beneficial for competition to have more teams like Williams, because when they get it right, they are actually, in the right circumstances, able to threaten the big teams. Teams like Haas, Racing Point etc. seem to be not and to be a solid midfielder is an absolute maximum these teams have been able to achieve the way they operate. The Williams way might be riskier but doesn't set them as Formula 1B team by default.
That's why I don't get the bashing for Williams for sticking with their own gearbox. Yes, going with Mercedes rear-end could have helped them to avoid absolute disasters like 2019. But suppose they solve whatever engineering issues they have ATM. Would then F1 be better with Williams running their own parts or being dependent on Mercedes parts? I dare to say the former.
Edited by Anderis, 08 July 2019 - 11:08.