Williams Week – 18th July 2022 – The Week in Review

Alex Albon and Williams showed the first signs of the true pace improvement of the upgraded Williams FW44 in Austrian Grand Prix qualifying, setting the 12th fastest time in qualifying. and coming close to earning a place in Q3.

The first sign that upgraded Williams is a real top 10 threat

“The car is very good and if you look at the timings, a tenth would have got us into Q3, so of course you can always look at it and say ’I could have gone a bit quicker there’” – Alex Albon

“Peaky” upgraded Williams F1 car good but harder to drive
Williams Racing. Austrian Grand Prix, Thursday 7th July 2022. Spielberg, Austria.

“We’ve talked about let them race after Silverstone and then we can’t race in Austria. It’s a moving goalpost for us. We don’t really know what we can and cannot do.” – Alex Albon

Albon rues “moving goalposts” from F1 stewards after Austria penalty

There is no contract yet in place between Alpine and Williams for Piastri’s services next year, despite sources indicating that Williams had not only made a decision to replace Nicholas Latifi some time ago but had also earmarked Piastri as his successor.

Piastri/McLaren rumours hint at big twist in F1 silly season

It has been an impressive few months for a driver who last year was left at something of a career crossroad. Sargeant’s prospects hung in the balance in late 2020, unable to step up to Formula 2 due to finances, following two years in Formula 3.

How American Logan Sargeant Is Fast Becoming a Top F1 Candidate

“unfortunately, Claire [Williams, former Deputy Team Principal] did quite a good job at the contract negotiations, and there was sort of no way out.” – George Russell

Russell admits that three years with Williams was ‘too long’ – there was ‘no way out’

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