2018 has been one of the most difficult seasons on record for Williams.

The grand British squad has just four points to its name at the mid-year break, its worst showing in the hybrid era.

Their lowest point came at Silverstone ... new parts that should have improved performance, instead caused the car’s rear aerodynamics to stall and pitch the drivers off the track.

"You don’t go from P5 to P10 without a number of issues in play,” said deputy team principal Claire Williams. “It is obvious our aerodynamics are not where we need them to be. That was one of the key areas we went aggressive and we got it wrong."

Much has also been made of the team’s inexperienced driver line-up.

Teenager Lance Stroll is the veteran of the race roster at Williams, scoring the team’s only points of the year at Baku. But it’s a sign of the times that it was an eighth placing, compared to his podium finish a year earlier.

Alongside him is rookie Sergey Sirotkin, the Russian on occasion outperforming his teammate - but the FW41 isn’t giving either pilot the opportunity to shine.

“Lance and Sergey are young but there is often criticism of teams for not nurturing young talent,” Williams said. “They have had an enormous amount of criticism levelled at them … I don’t think any driver could have made that much difference to our performance.”

The arrival of former Mercedes guru Paddy Lowe early last year has not been a silver bullet to halt the team’s slide.

But the technical chief is optimistic that the once-great squad has the capacity to move back towards the front of the grid.

"We’ve got a great team, you know,” Lowe said. “There are some creative people back at Grove. And I think if we can work in the right direction we can make some really good progress."