|Quoting CXB77L (Reply 50):|
I'm not sure I'd agree with that. Yes, we've made some very bad calls in terms of strategy this year, but after not being near the front for so long, I think it's fair to say that we've forgotten how to win.
Winning the championship again is still the end goal. We just need to build a better car than Mercedes.
I'd say it's a mix. At the moment I think Williams are trying to ensure a high enough points finish to ensure that they keep the operation from hemorrhaging money, and have a solid financial base to work from for the years ahead.
However, they're going to have a very tough hill to climb being a customer team, vs the factory team with their inside information, earlier knowledge of engine specs etc. Williams gets an engine and needs to make their chassis work around it. However, it's not insurmountable. Look at Brawn in 2009. Had to make huge changes to their chassis just to make the engine work (as it was designed for Honda's unit) and went out and smoked McLaren (the de facto works Mercedes team at the time) in the constructor's championship 172 points to 71. (RBR in 2nd had 153.5)
Not impossible, but they'll have a tough time of it for sure.