There was nowhere for Williams to hide in 2018. Not only did the team finish 10th and last in the world championship, but it did so by a significant margin. Even with its endless grid penalties, ninth-placed Toro Rosso scored nearly five times as many points as Williams did.
The days of Williams challenging for podiums in the early years of Formula 1's hybrid era suddenly seem like a long time ago, and having hit rock bottom, the only way forward is surely through change. That's easy to say, but making it happen will be difficult.
Frank and Claire Williams, and CEO Mike O'Driscoll can only do so much. The man ultimately responsible for turning things around is chief technical officer Paddy Lowe, who returned to the team in March 2017 after contributing to three double title wins at Mercedes.