Sirotkin says Williams now past 2018's low point

Monaco was proof that Williams has cleared the worst part of its season, according to the Formula 1 team's driver Sergey Sirotkin.

Sirotkin says Williams now past 2018's low point
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams Racing
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams FW41, leads Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams Racing
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams FW41
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams Racing
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams FW41, leads Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL33, and Charles Leclerc, Sauber C37
Lance Stroll, Williams FW41 with front puncture on lap one
Sergey Sirotkin, Williams FW41

The Russian rookie made it into the second part of qualifying for only the second time this season and started 12th, and would have remained in points contention had he not picked up a stop/go penalty for a Williams rules breach on the grid.

Williams was fixing a wheel assembly problem on his car after the three-minute board had been given prior to the start and the ensuing penalty wrecked Sirotkin’s race and restricted him to 16th.

However, he said Williams’s qualifying performance showed that a nightmare previous race in Spain “was a weekend to forget” and the team was “back in our normal routine”.

“It is a very positive trend,” said Sirotkin. “Barcelona was the one-off and I really wanted to prove that.

“I didn’t want that to upset our mentality and our motivation for all the work here and back at the factory.

“Now we can confirm that Barcelona was a one-off. We are there, we are fighting, which is good not just in terms of the result but also mentally for all of us.”

Sirotkin said he knew it was important to prove to Williams employees not working trackside that there was a tangible performance step from Spain.

“I knew it would not be the same [but] to prove it is still a bit different,” he said.

“It is quite important. I would feel stupid if I said this [that Spain was a one-off] and come here and it will be the same.

“I am happy we have proved it. I hope this result will please all the people working here and back at the factory, for whom it is a bit more difficult to see [progress on-track].”

Sirotkin thought he was on for a Q3 appearance after strong practice pace in Monaco but Williams did not make the step it expected in qualifying.

He fared much better than team-mate Lance Stroll, who qualified 17th and ended the race in the same position, last of the finishers, after suffering two punctures.

“It was a pretty terrible day,” said Stroll. “After that I was busy letting cars through with blue flags as I was a lap down.

“Then we had temperature problems all race, and I was told to give gaps and let cars by, so there was not much of an opportunity and we just weren't racing.”

Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe said Stroll’s first puncture was “due to the brakes becoming too hot, which overheated the rim and caused the failure”.

Lowe added: “We failed to control that on the second set of tyres and he suffered another puncture.

“The issue was managed for the rest of the race, but with so many pitstops and blue flags, Lance was in no position to make any progress.”

shares
comments
Red Bull wants to sort engine deal before Ricciardo contract

Previous article

Red Bull wants to sort engine deal before Ricciardo contract

Next article

Sauber introduces its biggest update yet

Sauber introduces its biggest update yet
Load comments
How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Prime

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Prime

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

Formula 1
Jul 26, 2021
How Ferrari offered Callum Ilott what Red Bull couldn't Prime

How Ferrari offered Callum Ilott what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says Oleg Karpov, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021
The signs that point to F1's rude health Prime

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says Mark Gallagher, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors.

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1's sprint race repeat Prime

The unexpected benefit of F1's sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap-one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to Hamilton/Verstappen F1 shunt Prime

The off-track considerations that led to Hamilton/Verstappen F1 shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming.

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
British Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

British Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021
How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after Silverstone clash Prime

How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after Silverstone clash

A poor start for Valtteri Bottas and the lap one clash between Formula 1's 2021 title protagonists gave Charles Leclerc a surprise lead in the British Grand Prix that he almost held to the end. Here's how the Ferrari driver came close to a famous victory, ultimately denied by a recovering Lewis Hamilton three laps from home

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021