After a chaotic race in Hungary, Williams took the most out of it and scored a total of ten points, jumping to P8 in the constructors’ standings, but Jost Capito said there is still work to do.
The last weekend before the summer break was positive for Williams, which is trying to come out of a terrible situation that saw them struggle a lot in the last few years. However, Capito, Williams Team Principal, said that those points do not mean that Williams will finish the 2021 season in P8 since Haas and Alfa Romeo can still score points.
“Ten points is not massive,” said Capito. “It’s not over; this kind of race can come again, and then there is the chance for Haas and Alfa Romeo to do a result like this. So we can’t step back and not be focused on anymore.
“If there is again an opportunity to grab points, we have to be spot on and make sure we grab the points. That’s the focus of Alfa Romeo and Haas too. We are not safe to be eighth as we still have half of the championship to come.”
Despite the cautious approach by Capito, the Williams Team Principal admitted that managing to put both cars in the top ten at the Hungaroring made everyone happy at Williams and if the team can finish the season in P8, it would mean that it will have more money to spend in the future.
“There is a financial difference between 10, nine, and eight,” said Capito. “And there is a mental difference for everyone in the team. If you are always the last team in the pit lane, the paddock, it’s not nice for anybody. If you move up from that, it gives a boost to the team.
Capito added that finally scoring points was a relief for the team and the hard work is starting to pay off.
“It’s a relief for the team to get the points after that long wait,” he added. “After that long time – we’re talking about two years – at the beginning of the year, there was a feeling of, will we ever be in a position to get points with this car, as we didn’t have the chance to further develop the car significantly. We were not sure we could get points.
“We won’t always get points, but we want points. To get the points, the confirmation that we can… it’s so important for the team. Six or 10 points doesn’t matter, it’s the execution of the race.”