Williams 'very disappointed' with first half
17 August 2017 – Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe says the team was left feeling "very disappointed" with its results over the opening half of the Formula 1 season.
Williams holds fifth in the 2017 standings, 60 points behind fourth-placed Force India, having gradually slipped back into the midfield group.
Williams in midfield scrap:
P5 / Williams / 41
P6 / Toro Rosso / 39
P7 / Haas / 29
P8 / Renault / 26
Aside from Lance Stroll's podium in Azerbaijan, amid drama, the team has been restricted to minor points finishes, and suffered double Q1 exits in Austria and Hungary.
Lowe, who joined Williams from Mercedes earlier this year, lamented the team not maximising its potential and "significantly underperforming" at certain tracks.
"Definitely at the half-term report stage we're not looking as good as we'd like," said Lowe.
"We're very disappointed, the car is quicker than that points table would reflect.
"I think one of our biggest problems has been that we haven't been scoring the points we should have done at the track with our speed of car – that's for a number of different reasons.
"On top of that, we've seen a lot of variation from circuit to circuit.
"There are places that we significantly underperform and we really need to have a car that will perform more equally at different destinations, so that's a big focus for next year."
Asked whether Williams understood why its performance has ebbed and flowed, Lowe added: "Some of those things we understand, some of them we don't.
"There's a lot of work to do, but we're very much hoping that we can have a better second half of the season and put some of that right."
Felipe Massa and Stroll sit 11th and 12th respectively in the Drivers' table.