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Formula 1

Smedley concerned over Williams' future

14th January 2020, 13:10 by Neil Foster

Former head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley does not agree that things cannot get any worse at Williams.

The Grove-based marque were major players in Formula 1 in the 1990s, winning five constructors' titles - the last of which came in 1997.

A couple of runner-up efforts followed and they were third in both 2014 and 2015, but it has all gone wrong since then.

Frank Williams' team fell to fifth in 2016 and 2017, while they were rock bottom in 2018, with just seven points, before last year's debacle.

Robert Kubica picked up a solitary point in 2019, while George Russell did not manage one top-10 finish to leave the multiple former champions cut adrift at the foot of the standings.

The British team said they felt the only way is up after a woeful campaign but Smedley, who worked with the team from 2014 to 2018, begs to differ.

"There would always be a philosophy that it can't get any worse," he told Reuters. "Having been around the block a few times in motorsport, and Formula One in particular, I know the reality is it can get worse than this.

"We talk about how it can't get much worse than 2019 but we said that about 2018. And we said that about 2017. The reality is that 2020 can actually be worse than 2019."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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