Williams has announced that they will already try out some upgrades for their car during the three days of tests in Bahrain.
The season has not even started yet and Williams is already preparing to test improvements for their 2021 challenger. What is certain is that they have left nothing to chance during the winter break, rethinking everything they could in their car to gain as much weight as possible. Simon Roberts explained how they tried to improve the FW42, and it looks like the Williams development center has had a busy winter.
“We’ve taken the time and we’ve been around everything we can possibly touch to try and save weight,” says the team principal. “We’ve rebalanced all the coolers on the car and re-optimized everything we could, Again, it’s not the normal rush into it because we know the car, we’ve been racing it for 17 races last year, so we’ve got tons of data. It’s allowed the engineers to really go to a level that we don’t always get the chance to do.”
“All those little things you don’t get a chance to fix, we’ve been able to sort out. The target is to find some performance, be more reliable, and start to move our way up.” He added.
These statements sound very optimistic and encouraging for a team that went through a lot during the past few years, being relegated at the very back of the grid and losing a part of its history after the legendary team has been bought by Dorilton Capital in 2020. But they didn’t stop there. The team is even ready to test new parts for their car during the Bahrain tests. Roberts says: “Interestingly, we’ve got a few options that we’re taking to Bahrain for the test. It’s kind of almost a first-race upgrade, which is really cool and we’re really excited about that.”
“We’ve got some options, so we’re going with a range of parts that we’ll get on the car.”
“It’s great – it’s a nice position to be in. Both drivers will get to try both options and we’ve got enough parts around us to convert stock for the race.” He specified.
However, Williams keeps an eye on the upcoming 2022 new regulations: “We’re now trying to design and develop the car for 2022, which is an enormous change,” Declared the team principal.
Williams will certainly have a lot to play for with this new era of Formula One, as it should reshuffle the cards and give them a good opportunity to shine again.