Williams Racing hoping to emulate double points finish of 2021 in Budapest

The Williams Racing F1 team, partnered by Acronis, will be hoping to emulate its impressive double points finish of last year at the Hungaroring when racing resumes this weekend.

In 2021 both George Russell and Nicholas Latifi drove fine races to net valuable points for the famous team that has triumphed at the iconic Budapest track on seven occasions, Jacques Villeneuve the last Williams winner in 1997 after also triumphing the year prior.

“I’m excited to go back to Hungary! Last year we had some good memories there with a double points finish,” commented fellow Canadian Latifi. “It was a track that we seemed to go quite well on so hopefully we can carry over the same this year. This is the second time for me using the upgrade package and we’re looking to take the learnings from France to optimise it a little bit more.

“The weather looks unpredictable for Saturday which could present some opportunities that we can take advantage of and have a good weekend.”

For teammate Alexander Albon, this weekend marks his Hungaroring debut for the Williams Racing team, but he is also optimistic that he can build on some encouraging recent performances.

“I’m looking forward to Hungary as it’s a nice, proper driver’s circuit with lots of twists,” added Albon. “Because of this, qualifying is quite important compared to other circuits. I’m excited to see what we can extract from the new package, as it felt like we had a positive weekend in France so can hopefully build on that for Hungary.”

As for the challenge of the tight and twisty confines of the circuit itself, inclement weather forecasts are set to throw another interesting variable into the mix, as Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance explains.

“The Hungaroring is a short and twisty circuit where overtaking is difficult and tyre management critical. In contrast to the last few races, most teams will run high downforce in Hungary, and we are unlikely to see the swings in rear wing choices that we saw at Silverstone, the Red Bull Ring and Paul Ricard.

“The weather forecast looks typical for Budapest at this time of year, with generally hot conditions prevailing but a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday.”


Prominent once again on the nose of the car and on the front wing endplates this season are the team’s official cyber protection partner Acronis. Williams Racing uses Acronis technology to add extra layers of protection to its IT infrastructure, protecting hundreds of servers and endpoint devices.

During the 2021 season and continuing this year, Acronis opened up an exciting #TeamUp Program, giving new and existing service providers the opportunity to support sports partnerships, join the sports ecosystem, attend races and enjoy amazing sports marketing benefits. To find out more, please visit Cyber Protection for global sports – Acronis

Williams Racing FW44 front wings. Spanish Grand Prix, Thursday 19th May 2022. Barcelona, Spain.

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