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Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton would not improve our performance - Williams

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Lance Stroll has been tipped to move to Force India in 2019, taking his substantial financial backing with himWilliams boss Claire Williams says not even Lewis Hamilton could have significantly improved the team's performances this year.Williams have been criticised for signing two inexperienced drivers who bring money to the team in Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin.But Williams said: "Put Lewis in our car, and I'm not sure he could have made a huge amount of difference.
"I feel sorry for Lance and Sergey. The car just doesn't have the performance."Williams' claim was questioned by BBC F1 analyst Jolyon Palmer. The former Renault driver, who was on the grid last year, pointed out that Stroll was 0.8secs on average slower in qualifying than former team-mate Felipe Massa in the second half of last season, and that the Brazilian was not as fast as four-time world champion Hamilton.Williams have the slowest car this year on average qualifying pace, 0.4secs behind Sauber, 0.5secs off Toro Rosso and 0.7secs off McLaren. The McLaren's benchmark lap times are set by double world champion Fernando Alonso, who is regarded by many as on a similar level to Hamilton.
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"They have not been able to show the talent they do have and we wouldn't put drivers in the car if we didn't think they had some talent. I don't think any driver could have made that much difference to our performance."Hamilton says pressure is greater than before
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Claire Williams took over day-to-day running of the team from father Frank in 2013Williams, who is effectively team boss although father Sir Frank Williams is still the nominal head of the team, said coping with this season had been "more difficult than anyone could possibly imagine"."We have held our hands up and said we have got it badly wrong," she said."But that happens in sport. We have been through this scenario many times and we have got out of it many times. We won't give up. We are fighters and we won't stop fighting until we get back to where we need to be. "Everyone is very much focused on getting us back to the top of the midfield again. It is heart breaking and soul-destroying for everyone in this team. Everyone feels the pain, not just me."Stroll has been linked with a possible move to Force India next season, but Williams said the loss of his financial input would not put the team in jeopardy."We aren't reliant on either of our drivers for their money in its entirety," Williams said. "If that were the decision... we would be absolutely fine and it wouldn't have a hugely negative impact. "It is always financial management but we have some other cards up our sleeves."
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