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Logan Sargeant, Williams Racing
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Is the Williams revival still on track?

Turning around an ailing F1 team is a hugely complex, expensive and drawn-out process – especially when ambitions are sky-high. Williams team principal James Vowles sat down with Autosport to discuss his squad's efforts to overcome disadvantages baked-in by the cost cap to get back to its glory days

Sentimentality is in short supply in modern Formula 1, and so it should be; a rich heritage is not a prerequisite of success, and neither does it guarantee that. Just ask the spectre of Lotus, or Brabham, or any of the other teams whose past glories eluded them when their coffers became conspicuously bare in the early 1990s. 

Williams was not far from enduring a similar fate just five years ago. The effect of underinvestment began to snowball: car development troubles rolled the team towards the rear of the field; sponsors began to flock to more successful teams; and the Grove squad had to look to drivers to fill the void in its precarious bank balance. 

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