The team from Grove entered this season after a challenging 2022 season, in which they ended up at the bottom of the constructors’ championship.
Under the guidance of newly appointed team principal James Vowles and modifications to its technical setup, the team has achieved notable progress with its FW45 challenger.
This included a major push to bring a decent upgrade package to the Canadian Grand Prix, which has helped the team move up to seventh in the constructors’ standings.
Considering the team’s future strategies, Dave Robson, the head of vehicle performance, proposed that due to the current condition of the car, it would be more logical to allocate resources towards the FW46.
He stated that we have now delivered the majority of what was in the pipeline.
“There was the front wing we brought to Silverstone and we’ll see that again in Spa. But beyond that, probably just some small things if they come through the wind tunnel and we can make them quite quickly.
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“Otherwise, it is currently an appropriate moment to shift our attention towards the car for the upcoming year. Additionally, we should persist in comprehending our current situation, testing it on various circuits, and refining our setup accordingly to maximize the drivers’ performance.”
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance, Williams Racing, in the team principals Press Conference
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While the Canada upgrade has helped Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant enjoy an upswing in performance, Robson feels that the tweaks have not shown their full potential yet.
“He mentioned that it enhanced the distribution of downforce and made some improvements to certain aspects, but the main outcome was simply an increase in downforce,” he explained. “However, we haven’t tested it on a circuit that requires maximum downforce yet.”
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Albon finished 13th in the dry second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, although the positions meant little thanks to this weekend’s new alternative tyre allocation leaving teams on very different programmes.