The Azerbaijan GP was a ‘missed opportunity’ for Williams despite the strugglers recording their first points of the Formula 1 season, according to chief technical officer Paddy Lowe.
Lance Stroll managed to keep his car in one piece during Sunday’s chaotic race to finish in eighth place for the Grove side’s first three points of a challenging campaign.
However, team-mate Sergey Sirotkin ran into the back of Sergio Perez’s Force India at turn two on the opening lap and retired.
It made for a mixed afternoon for Williams in a race which had seven DNFs.
Lowe said: “As usual, we had a highly eventful afternoon with lots of incidents right to the very end, so it was great to get eighth position with Lance.
“I’m happy in one way but disappointed in another, because I think there were many more points possible for us today.
“It was a great drive by Lance all weekend. He kept the car in one piece which is one of the key things at this circuit.
“It is great to get our first points on the board this season and we need to keep this momentum going.”
Stroll, whose rookie season peaked with a third place finish in Baku last year, was happy after a ‘crazy’ race.
“It was a crazy race. So much happened,” the Canadian said.
“I am pretty happy with the race, there were perhaps one or two more positions if we did everything perfectly, but no one had a perfect race.
“I am happy with P8 and it was a good race for the team. We can’t assume this pace will carry on to Barcelona, we have to understand our issues and keep working but that is just what we are doing.”
Williams are finally off the mark for the season but have already received a blow ahead of the Spanish GP on May 13.
Sirotkin will serve a three-place grid penalty after being found ‘wholly responsible’ for colliding with Perez.
Lewis Hamilton won the race, benefiting from a Sebastian Vettel mistake, a collision between the two Red Bulls and a puncture for team-mate Valtteri Bottas