Williams must relocate their charisma to be among F1 history-makers again

For a team once marked by such character, it is depressing to see Williams among the grid’s back markers

A slow racing car never looks good, and the current Williams F1 machines resemble a pair of wounded white whales as they lumber round at the tail of this season’s field, outpaced by ravenous sharks and nimble dolphins. You even find yourself half-hoping that some Captain Ahab is going to come along and put them out of their misery.

Two weekends ago their cars could complete the Spanish Grand Prix only 11th and last of the 14 finishers. Yet this is a team who have won the F1 constructors’ championship on no fewer than nine occasions.

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