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Lowe: Williams F1 ‘very disappointed’ with first half performance

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Williams Formula 1 technical chief Paddy Lowe says the team is “very disappointed” with its display through the first half of the 2017 season, sitting fifth in the constructors’ championship during the summer break.

Williams entered 2017 looking to bounce back after falling from third to fifth in the constructors’ standings last year, with Force India emerging as the top midfield team.

Force India has continued to hold that position so far in 2017, taking points with both its cars in all but two races to pick up 101 points.

Williams, by comparison, has struggled more with inconsistency and reliability, leaving it with just 41 points, with Toro Rosso just two behind in P6.

For technical chief Lowe, there can be no denying that Williams has underperformed, although he feels the performance of the FW40 car has been more deserving of its current points haul.

“Definitely at the half-term report stage we’re not looking as good as we’d like. We’re very disappointed, the car is quicker than that points table would reflect,” Lowe said.

“I think one of our biggest problems has been that we haven’t been scoring the points we should have done at the track with our speed of car. That’s for a number of different reasons.

“On top of that, we’ve seen a lot of variation from circuit to circuit. There are places that we significantly underperform and we really need to have a car that will perform more equally at different destinations, so that’s a big focus for next year.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.