Formula 1 team Williams are all set to test an updated F1 aero package at the British Grand Prix. Williams head of vehicle performance Dave Robson revealed that the updated aero package will be installed on Alex Albon’s car this weekend. The changes to the FW44 include a revised floor and bodywork, which the team hopes will enact a more concerted effort to challenge for the lower reaches of the points at Silverstone.
“We have an updated aero package for this weekend, which will run on Alex’s car only as we look to check its behaviour and confirm that it is working as intended,” said Dave Robson. “The bodywork and floor form the basis of the upgrade and are intended to efficiently increase the downforce of the car.”
“We are looking forward to our home race and to understanding the new parts; they are likely to change the balance and the handling of the car and it may take a little bit of time to harness them so that the drivers can get the most from them. With next week’s race in Austria being a sprint event, we will be looking to get as much learning done this weekend as possible,” he added.
It is a massively demanding circuit for the tyres now: Robson
A year ago, Dave Robson had explained how the Silverstone Circuit is one of the toughest circuits on tyre, and thus teams need to look after the front-left, in particular, which is a key to managing stint lengths in the race. “If you put the aero balance up, probably where you’d ideally like it for the high speed corners, you then run into some problems on the exit of those low-speed corners,” he had said to Autosport.
“There’s also the way you set the car up, how does it interact with the tyre, it is a massively demanding circuit for the tyres now. The front left takes a hammering because of those quick right-hand corners, so you’ve got to be careful about how you get around those corners and use the aero balance and the mechanical balance actually to complement each other so that you don’t just wear the front left tyre out.”