Williams, something never seen in qualifying for seven years!

The Williams team has never qualified so well with its two cars - with Albon 5th and Sargeant 6th on the grid for the Las Vegas GP - since 2016!

Published on 18/11/2023 à 15:56

Dorian Grangier

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Williams, something never seen in qualifying for seven years!

Williams is gradually returning to the top of the rankings! © Antonin Vincent / DPPI

That it's been a long time since we last saw Williams also in high spirits in a qualifying session! With 5th and 6th places on the starting grid for the Las Vegas Grand Prix, respectively for Alex Albon et Logan sargeant, the team from Grove (United Kingdom) achieved its best overall qualification this Saturday… for seven years! Indeed, we have to go back to the 2016 Russian Grand Prix (Valtteri Bottas 2nd, Felipe Massa 4th) to see the two British single-seaters placed in the top 6 on a starting grid.

A result, however, far from surprising, as the FW45 is at ease on the streets of “Sin City”. The layout, which has three long straights, perfectly matches the characteristics of the Williams in 2023 and favors its top speed.

“We knew this track was going to suit us, but it's always a bit scary to arrive when there's a bit of noise and pressure, so I'm really happy with how it went, rejoiced Alexander Albon, who signed his second best qualification of the year after his 4th place obtained in Zandvoort. I struggled with the brakes throughout the weekend and after my crash in FP3 I had to reset my confidence a bit. I would also like to thank the team for their hard work to get the car ready for qualifying. »

Williams can secure 7th place

Despite this fabulous result for the English team, which has stagnated at the bottom of the rankings since 2017, everything remains to be done on Saturday evening (Sunday morning in France) with potentially big points up for grabs. Williams could even almost definitively secure his 7th place against Alpha Tauri far from the mark in Nevada (Ricciardo 14th, tsunoda 20e).

“Today was a good day, but the result needs to be assured tomorrow, and now we need to convert single lap pace into solid race pace, underlined Dave Robson, vehicle performance manager. The work we did tonight should help us improve tire management, which should give us a good opportunity to fight for good points positions with both cars. »

Williams will be able to count on the top speed of the FW45 which should be very useful for attacking, but especially for defending its positions. Behind, some cars could have difficulty overtaking, like the Mercedes or Aston Martin, who still have a V-Max deficit.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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