Wind of change for Williams

Williams has been working on a new wind tunnel which will be ready by April 2004 and the team plans to expand its aerodynamics group. Comments from Williams personnel this season describe the aerodynamics of the FW25 as being not as good as hoped...

Williams has been working on a new wind tunnel which will be ready by April 2004 and the team plans to expand its aerodynamics group. Comments from Williams personnel this season describe the aerodynamics of the FW25 as being not as good as hoped for and the on track performance has been lacking.

The new tunnel started construction last autumn and will be used to develop next year's car and design the 2005 chassis.

"Our current windtunnel is very good, but the new tunnel will have higher capabilities," said technical director Patrick Head. "It will have all the bells and whistles. And it will be ready by April 2004."

"The old tunnel has been upgraded all along the way and there is a programme to develop that further so that we will have two tunnels functioning together."

"We will be able to use the new tunnel to develop the 2004 car and to design the 2005 chassis. We will be recruiting new staff because we need to expand the aerodynamic group for the bigger facilities."

Frank Dernie, one of Williams' original engineers who left in 1989, has returned to the team to help deal with special projects. "We know him well," Head said of Dernie. "And we concluded there was too much experience and brain power to be left sitting at home at Wantage, which is just down the road from our factory."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Patrick Head , Frank Dernie
Teams Williams