Claire Williams reveals how the team plans to recover from terrible Formula 1 season

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Williams was once the most dominant team in all of Formula One, winning a total of nine constructors' championships between 1980 and 1997 - then a record.

Ferrari have since overtaken them in that regard (16) but they remain second, even though they haven't won any for 20 years.

They currently sit in tenth position - a finish that would be the lowest in the 40-year history of the team.

Drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin have only secured points once this season - Stroll finished eighth in Azerbaijan - but it's a problem that can't be put down to an unreliable car, either, as there have only been three retirements between them this year.

It's certainly alarming for a team that has finished 5th for the past two years, and 3rd the two before that.

Another team with recent struggles, although not on the level of Williams, is Williams' old rival, McLaren.

They have undergone a management reshuffle in recent days, prompting questions over what we can expect to see at Williams.

"In order to effect change you need to make some hard decisions and we're going through that process at the moment," said team Principal Claire Williams.

"We're undertaking a full evaluation of our internal structures and processes.

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"We haven't completed that work yet, so we don't have any news to announce, but it's mostly about identifying the talent that we do have in-house."

As for what that can mean specifically, Williams was open about one aspect that certainly needs improvement.

"You don't get to tenth without having a number of issues," she said. "I think it's probably clear to see that our aerodynamic package is probably the key to that, and unlocking the issues we have around the aero performance of our car is going to be critical to moving us forward.

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"As we've gone through this recovery programme, we've identified a number of other weaknesses within the car and the team itself."

As for what it all means, Williams didn't want anyone to doubt their commitment to the sport.

"We're in Formula One because we love going motor racing," she said. "We have to make sure that we create a world at Williams that keeps our team viable in this sport and relevant in this sport and still maintains our status in this sport.

"That's hugely important to me."

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