REPORT: Points at home!

Published on
07 Jul 2024
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Williams Racing secured a superb top-10 finish in the 2024 British Grand Prix

Williams Racing have doubled their 2024 points tally after taking P9 in the British Grand Prix.
Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant endured changeable conditions as the Great British summer saw on-off rain showers throughout the 52 laps.
A P9 finish for Alex means he's now taken consecutive top-10 finishes at Silverstone, while Logan's P11 represents his best result of the season so far.
Whether the weather would impact lights out was a concern in the hours leading up to the 3 PM start time, but the race began under dry conditions.
The busy midfield battle for positions had Haas' Nico Hülkenberg hit Alex's FW46 when rejoining at Turn 3 on the opening lap, and our No23 dropped to P13.
Damage affected his car, and he did well to avoid further heavy collisions, with Logan to his right-hand side during the action and getting ahead.
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Alex soon fought back, though, and the two Williams Racing drivers were clean in their wheel-to-wheel racing at Vale.
With two spells of rain forecast, the entire field took to a holding pattern, awaiting a change in conditions.
Only a handful of cars swapped to Pirelli's Intermediate tyres during the first light rainfall, but not our duo, who advanced a position after Charles Leclerc decided to switch rubber.
It was the right call for Albono and Sarge, who instead waited until a heavier stint of rain swept Silverstone and promptly swapped to the green-ringed tyre.
Just 11 laps of wet-weather running was all we needed, with the sun peeking through and rapidly drying the track for the race's final third.
With Mercedes' George Russell retiring, Alex maintained a top-10 position, with Logan running two positions behind in P12.
Both Williams Racing drivers made moves in the closing laps down the Hangar Straight.
Albono surged past Yuki Tsunoda to take P9, while Sarge took Kevin Magnussen to be on the edge of points in P11.
The pace of each meant their rivals could not fight back, and we crossed the line to record our best team finish of the season.
Alex secured points at Silverstone
Alex secured points at Silverstone
Despite taking his joint-best finish of 2024, Alex admitted he wasn't feeling so confident in the opening laps:
"We made contact in Turn 3 and more in Turn 4, also losing a chunk of the front wing, so I was a bit worried at the beginning.
"After that, everything mostly fell into place, and I was happy.
"I knew the rain would come, and there would be a second chance, so I just had to stay patient and wait for the opportunities to arise.
"We made the right calls for the most part, boxing at the right time for the right tyres.
"We did lose some time on the pit stops and I think without the damage, we could’ve scored more points, but I’m still happy.
"It’s a weekend where we really needed to deliver for the team, so to do it at our home Grand Prix always makes it more special."
Logan's season-best finish had him feeling positive, and he summarised his day by saying: "It was a good day in general.
"From FP2 where we struggled in high fuel, we put the car in a much better place, and it showed.
"We had good pace, particularly on the slick tyre. I struggled a little on the drying track with the Inters by degrading the tyres a little bit too much.
"We executed everything relatively well and kept it together in tricky conditions.
"We got quite unfortunate with the stacked stop for the Inters with Alex having a slow stop ahead which cost us time.
"Of course, in hindsight, there were maybe a couple of decisions we could’ve done a lap or two earlier which ultimately could’ve been the difference between a point or not.
"Overall, I’m happy with the way I drove this weekend."
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Sven Smeets, Williams Racing's Sporting Director, was encouraged by the performance of the two FW46s:
"The car worked well today in these mixed and rather cold conditions.
"Alex picked up some damage in the first corners of the race through contact but avoided a big collision with great skill.
"Logan had a good start, and both cars had good pace in that first part of the race.
"When the first patch of rain came both drivers did an excellent job staying out on slicks as it was difficult to call when to go onto the Intermediates.
"In hindsight, we maybe should’ve boxed a lap earlier as the rain intensified quickly.
"When the rain had passed, we fitted slicks on both cars at the right time and Logan and Alex had great pace on a quickly drying track.
"Logan managed to overtake [Kevin] Magnussen for P11, and Alex made a great move on [Yuki] Tsunoda for P9 scoring two valuable points for the team.
"Overall, it’s been a good weekend for the team after two difficult weekends."
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