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Lowe keen to cure Silverstone stutters

11th July 2018, 13:32 by Jack Ogalbe

Paddy Lowe says Williams' tough weekend at Silverstone has given him plenty to ponder.

The Enstone-outfit were hoping to shine in their home race but struggled for both pace and reliability in practice before an aerodynamic issue forced both Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin off the track in qualifying.

After making a host of changes to their cars, the pair were both forced to start Sunday's race from the pit lane.

It has been a tough year all round for Williams, with them currently sat bottom of the Constructors' Championship and Lowe has struggled to weave the magic that saw him win titles with both McLaren and Mercedes since joining last year.

The 56-year-old admits this is one of the toughest spells of his career and despite both Stroll and Sirotkin eventually getting around Silverstone, that particular experience is not one he wishes to repeat.

Lowe told Formula 1's official website: "I've been fortunate in my career not to work in a team that wasn't at or within reach of the front, performance wise. That's where we were always playing. In the top ten, towards the front end of the top ten or at the very front.

"So it's a new experience for me which has a lot of work to do to get back to where we want to be. So that creates some new challenges for me personally. I'm learning all the time.

"It was a tough weekend. That was a new experience and we hope we don't have to repeat that. We had to come through Saturday, and delivered ourselves into that state for the start of the race.

"Within the race itself we didn't show greater pace than anyone else but we got two cars home in good shape. It was a tidy race. We got the best from the car and that's all we can ask on race day."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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