Williams’ head of vehicle performance Dave Robson said the team is not far away from completing its development program of the 2021 challenger, as the squad focuses more on the new 2022 car.

The new car was going to be introduced this year, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was delayed until 2022. However, other regulations like the cost cap were indeed put in place this season, meaning teams now have to focus on developing their machines while staying inside the budget.

Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies said the Scuderia is 90% or 95% focused on 2022, to which Robson compared with the situation of his team, saying Williams is not “too far away from that.”

“We’re probably not too far away from that I think,” Robson said. “Certainly, the time in the wind tunnel is almost entuirely next year’s car.

“The vast majority, [or] a massively high proportion of the aero department are all working on next year’s car. The design office the same.

“So, we’re just in the final throes of the last few new bits for this car. Yeah, we’re probably very similar to Ferrari in those percentages.”

However, Robson believes the team can still extract more performance of their FW43 car, as he admits there are a “few bits and pieces we’re not on top of.”

“There are a few bits and pieces we’re not fully on top of,” he said, “a few test pieces that we’ve had on the car, we’ve taken back off and we’re still refining.

“So, I think there’s still a bit more to come from it.

“It probably isn’t going to change our world massively as the season goes on, but there’s still more to come. Definitely.

“We will keep pushing that. I think we can eek a bit more out of it.”

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