Monaco GP: Willaims Thursday report

Objectives P1 Validation of new aero components Mechanical set-up work Objectives P2 Aero set-up Race set-up & tyre evaluations Sam Michael, Technical Director We spent today evaluating new aero components, We currently have only one new rear...

Objectives P1
Validation of new aero components
Mechanical set-up work

Objectives P2
Aero set-up
Race set-up & tyre evaluations

Sam Michael, Technical Director
We spent today evaluating new aero components, We currently have only one new rear wing assembly so Rubens ran it in the morning and Nico in the afternoon. The second will arrive in time for third practice and will stay on the cars for qualifying and the race. We covered a lot of set-up work with Rubens and Nico which has given us plenty of data to study before Saturday. Our target for qualifying is to get both cars into the top ten.

Rubens Barrichello
Runs P1: Run 1: New Prime (1 lap, install), Run 2: Used Prime (8 laps, set-up test), Run 3: Used Prime (8 laps, aero set-up), Run 4: Used Prime (11 laps, mechanical set-up)

Runs P2: Run 1: New Prime (6 laps, tyre evaluations), Run 2: Used Prime (6 laps, set-up test), Run 3: New Option (8 laps, tyre evaluations), Run 4: Used Option (5 laps, aero set-up), Run 5: Used Option (4 laps, aero set-up), Run 6: Used Option (9 laps, race set-up)

The team brought some new parts for the car to Monaco. I had the new rear wing assembly this morning, Nico this afternoon. It looks promising and I hope to be a touch more competitive than some previous weekends. I'm looking forward to Saturday.

Nico Hulkenberg
Runs P1: Run 1: New Prime (1 lap, install), Run 2: Used Prime (10 laps, baseline set-up), Run 3: Used Prime (10 laps, aero set-up), Run 4: Used Prime (18 laps, mechanical set-up)

Runs P2: Run 1: New Prime (8 laps, tyre evaluations), Run 2: Used Prime (7 laps, set-up test), Run 3: New Option (6 laps, tyre evaluations), Run 4: Used Option (27 laps, race set-up)

Today was my first time in a Formula One car around Monaco so this morning was initially about getting some mileage under my belt. The car feels ok; you can squeeze a lot out of it on one lap with the soft tyre. It also feels like we've made a gain with the new aero parts, the rear wing definitely provides more grip.

-source: williams

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Nico Hulkenberg