Williams Formula One driver Nicholas Latifi will receive the same performance upgrades on his car as his teammate Alex Albon at this weekend’s French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard track. The team made a statement on Tuesday saying that both of their cars will have upgraded parts after Albon tried them out in Britain and Austria.
“Although the weather in Silverstone and the Sprint format in Austria were not ideal for testing, we have seen enough encouraging feedback to be confident that we have taken a step forward,” Williams head of vehicle performance Dave Robson said.
“With the weather likely to be warm, dry and stable this weekend, we’ll look to use Friday’s running to get Nicky up to speed with the new parts and also to continue to understand how best to exploit the performance of the new package,” he continued.
The Williams Formula One team is at the bottom of the constructors’ standings with three points, all scored by Alex Albon. Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi, whose seat in the grid after this season is doubtful. He is also the only driver who hasn’t scored a point in the 2202 Driver’s Championship which is now entering its second half at Le Castellet.
“We’ve seen some positive signs from it [the upgrade package] on Alex’s car so far, so I’m looking forward to getting my first taste,” Latifi said. “Hopefully it can bring us that extra bit of relative pace that we’ve missed and put us more in the fight.”
Alex Albon, after the Austrian GP, gave a positive report on the new upgrade package on his Williams FW44. “We were running P10 at one point, which I was really happy about,” Albon told the media. “We were in Q2 this weekend, and in the race, we were holding our own. With the Medium tyres, we took a step up in performance, and I was happy. “
“It’s our first full race with the new aero package. We’ll learn a lot from today, we’ll look at the data and conclude where we’re struggling, where we’re weak. We’re clearly still missing a little bit, but we’re still getting to grips with the car,” he said.