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Formula 1 Canadian GP
Analysis

The hidden cost cap rules hindering Williams' F1 progress

Since taking charge at Williams, James Vowles has taken time to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Grove operation. But among the measures he wants to take to lift the team off the back, a subset of the cost cap rules will prove problematic to overcome

After years of success, championship victories, and occupying the highest echelons on the Formula 1 grid, the two declines that Williams has faced over the past two decades have been stark.

The first followed its divorce from BMW, as the team lurched from customer engine deal to engine deal over the next 10 years to vacillate between the upper and lower midfield. Its brief renaissance in 2014 was underpinned by a strong car design and an engine deal with Mercedes, which had dominated the early phases of the turbo-hybrid era.

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