You might expect a Formula 1 team struggling as badly as Williams to want the season to end right now. With the most uncompetitive car in the team's history, a single fortuitous point and little hope of adding significantly to that in the second half of the year, the rest of 2019 surely seems futile.
But the notion a team in this situation can write off the campaign and turn its attention to a clean sheet of paper for next year is a foolish one. The Williams FW42 is now effectively an experimental car that is inextricably linked not only to the evolutionary 2020 machine, but also the prospects for F1's rules revolution of the following year.
Bad seasons are an opportunity to learn, to interrogate your working practices, tools, assumptions, data analysis and all the elements that contribute to making an F1 car. That doesn't mean a poor car is either a good thing or a guarantee of fixing your problems - if it was then this year would have been vastly improved for Williams after last year's debacle, which also led to plenty of soul searching - but it does expose your weaknesses. Those at Williams have been laid bare.