Williams’ home race has gone from bad to worse, after both cars failed to make it out of Q1 ahead of today’s British Grand Prix as mixed weather conditions plagued the Silverstone circuit during Saturday’s qualifying session.

Both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa qualified 17th and 18th respectively on the grid, marking a massive crash to earth after they managed to lock out the front row of the grid a fortnight earlier in Austria.

Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley believes that the team must capitalise on the error made from yesterday’s session and finish in the points on Sunday’s 52-lap race.

“We have a good car so it’s very disappointing to be in 17th and 18th. We were trying to mark the people out on track but our timings were wrong,” he said.

“We didn’t see the rain coming as quickly as it did, but that’s not an excuse, it’s an error which we can’t make again.”

Smedley says that recovery and scoring as many points as possible will be the most important task ahead of the 52 lap race.

“How we recover tomorrow is important now and getting into the points is still our goal,” he added.

“We have the car for it and we need to try and get as many points as we can over our closest championship rivals.”

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8