That means Williams are locked to Mercedes PU no matter what. No chance to get a fashionable Renault customer unit nor Honda customer unit.
Pride and stubbornness brought WIlliams from a hand-to-mouth operation working from a public telephone box to the very top of the sport.
That was Sir Frank not Claire. Is Claire Williams nearly as single-minded and determined? One thinks not. Is Claire anywhere near the wheeling-and-dealing sponsor guru as Sir Frank!?
Besides, the efforts of Dernie and Head on the technical side helped the way a lot. The benefits of a lavish Fly Saudia sponsorship helped a lot -- one of Sir Frank's brilliant deals.
The free Honda works engines helped the way, a group of Honda executives turned up at Williams Grand Prix engineering one day after all -- Sir Frank himself said that deal fell in his lap. With Honda poached by Dennis, the Renault works engines were even better for Williams.
The efforts of Lowe on the active suspension helped a lot, the efforts of Geoff Willis on the aerodynamics, the efforts of Newey on car design... There was a timewhen the Williams team were the great innovators, with their radical CVT transmission and the like -- no stone left unturned to find an advantage (but now it seems more the Red Bull team, my favourite, with such an attacking edge IMO).
Then it was BMW with their bundles of money... It seems a personal disagreement between Head and Illien was very destructive (it seems both thought of the other as an idiot) and saw Illien storm off to buy Sauber.
Take a look at Ferrari - aren't they proud and stubborn?
They also receive 100m from Formula One Management just for turning up, before other prize monies. A luxury which Williams F1 do not have...
It seems you are saying Williams should wait for a works engine deal to boost them as it did in the past. Yet they have just signed a 5-year customer engine deal!?
Besides, to stubbornly refuse customer parts is to ignore the advice of Williams design ace Frank Dernie. "You need to prioritise spending money on things that make you go faster, in the order of what gives the most lap time." Sir Frank was single-minded about only spending money on things that make the car go faster. That is what is was all about.
Is the current Williams teams as efficient at making the car faster as the Williams team of the late 70's through early 90's?
Edited by V8 Fireworks, 13 September 2019 - 18:16.