After closing the 2021 season in eighth place in the Constructors with a tally of 23 points, it was expected that Williams could continue the positive trend also in 2022.
However, the introduction of the new technical regulation, which led the teams to start with a blank sheet of paper to create ground-effect single-seaters, seems to have played against the English team.
Williams, until now, has struggled to emerge always being relegated to the bottom positions of the standings. Only Alex Albon was able to get the 3 points achieved so far thanks to the tenth place centered in Australia, the result of an extreme strategy, and the ninth in Miami.
The former Red Bull driver seemed much more comfortable, at least in qualifying, with a FW44 that his teammate Nicholas Latifi still struggles to fully understand. In view of the Silverstone race, and also in the following ones that will precede the summer break, some useful updates should arrive to put a patch on the technical gaps of the project, and Albon has shown himself hopeful in this regard.
“Everyone has brought some news, while we haven’t brought any updates for some time, so this aspect must also be taken into account”.
“As far as the balance of the car is concerned, there are some weaknesses that are not so evident that they can be solved with the solutions we have brought”.
Alex Albon, Williams FW44, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03
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“Most of the problems derive from the behavior of the car when cornering. I hope that with the news on the way things can improve, but until then everything will be very complicated ”.
“Everything changes according to the circuits where we race. In Canada, for example, we had a lot of difficulties in finding a good compromise to tackle the chicanes at high speed ”.
Williams has only managed to enter Q2 on two occasions this season, in Bahrain and in Montreal in the last round, again thanks to Alexander Albon.
At the Montreal round, team principal Jost Capito said his men were working very hard to make sure that the hefty upgrade package could be ready for the Silverstone GP.
“We have seen the results in the CFD, in the wind tunnel and in the simulator, but we have to wait for the response from the track. If we are able to achieve what we have seen in theory in reality, we may be able to take a step forward “.
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