The "perfect storm" that triggered Williams's leap


Amid its worst campaign in Formula 1, Williams showed little signs of progress in the first half of the year. But was a sizeable step forward in Hungary qualifying a sign that a turning point has just happened?

If Racing Point or Toro Rosso had fought for pole position in the Hungarian Grand Prix it would have been an almighty surprise. They would have required an unthinkable leap of between 1.5-2% in lap time from one weekend to the next to trouble Mercedes and Red Bull.

Such performance gains are difficult to find over an entire season, let alone a few days. So no, neither found 2% in lap time and pumped in a pole lap in Hungary. But Williams did...sort of.

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