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Williams reports improved income despite poor season on track

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05/04/2019

Despite its poor showing on track in 2018 - its worst in living memory - Williams confirms that its problems did not spread to the balance sheets.

The Grove outfit, Britain's most successful team in terms of constructor titles, finished last in the overall standings with just 7 points, the team aware of an inherent fault on its (2018) contender just a few hours into pre-season testing.

By season end the Grove outfit had lost a number of sponsors - several of them heading to Racing Point - along with its title sponsor (Martini) and a number of high profile personnel.

Sadly, this season is currently looking little better, the team missing the first days of testing and subsequently revealing a "fundamental" issue that will take months to fix. Technical chief Paddy Lowe has taken leave of absence, and at a time the drivers are being told not to push too hard due to lack of spares, team co-founder Patrick Head has been drafted in to see if he can help the team raise its game and spirits.

Thankfully however, the problems haven't spread to the balance sheets - yet - as Williams Grand Prix Holdings, the holding company of the Williams group of companies, which includes Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited and Williams Advanced Engineering Limited, announced the group's financial results for the year ended 31 December 2018.

Group revenue increased to 176.5m, from 166.2m in 2017. EBITDA for 2018 was 12.9m, compared to 10.8m in 2017.

According to the team this represents "solid results at our Formula One operation and continued progress at Williams Advanced Engineering".

Financial performance improved across both Formula One and Williams Advanced Engineering last year. The Formula One business generated revenue of 130.7m in 2018 (2017: 125.6m), supported by a non-recurring one-off item, with EBITDA unchanged at 16.0m (2017: 16.0m).

Williams Advanced Engineering revenue increased to 44.8m in 2018 (2017: 39.5m), with EBITDA of 5.1m (2017: 5.0m).

"The financial results for 2018 represent another year of strong performance at Williams," said Mike O'Driscoll, Group Chief Executive Officer. "Revenue was up in both the Formula One operation and Williams Advanced Engineering in 2018, following on from similarly strong performances in recent years.

"Our Formula One team had high expectations that we could build on four years of very solid performance in the FIA Constructors' Championship but unfortunately, we struggled to maintain the pace of technical development and endured a difficult season. There is a very large gap in competitive expenditure between the leading teams and the rest of the grid, but we are increasingly hopeful that Liberty Media's long-term vision and plans for the future of the sport can deliver a more level playing field on which all teams can compete fairly. In the meantime, we are intensely focused on improving our own performance, following a tough start to this season's campaign. We were delighted to commence a new title partnership with ROKiT and to welcome Orlen to our partner community for 2019, demonstrating the continued strength of the Williams brand.

"Williams Advanced Engineering revenue growth continued in 2018, although the bottom-line increased only modestly, as we continued to invest in both our people and technical capabilities. Our expertise in electrification and lightweight material technology provides an excellent foundation for future growth. Our engineering expertise combined with a fast-paced innovative approach, recognised by the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2018, provides a unique point of differentiation."

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1. Posted by Ro, 06/04/2019 20:12

"Its so obvious. Its the aero that is all wrong. No traction = no speed out of any corner. Patric Head should sort it. If after the summer break its not sorted, a new car for 2020 is gonna be good!
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2. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 06/04/2019 10:22

""Inherent fault on its (2018) contender", a "fundamental" issue that will take months to fix" on its 2019 car, come on Pitpass let us in on the story."

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